Actors as Mandarin Ducks: Nakamura Tamashichi (R), Arashi Rikaku II (C), and Sawamura Kitô (L)

鴛鴦の精霊、右から 中村玉七 二代目嵐璃珏 沢村其答

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 1st month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 105; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #153; Keyes, Hirosada (1984), #11

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.8 × 75.9 cm (14 1/2 × 29 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.21331-3

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper, with embossing

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.21331 (left), 11.21332 (right), 11.21333 (center)

Play: Aratamaru Oshi no Omoiba (To Think How the Mandarin Ducks Have Changed)
Theater: Chikugo
新玉る鵣の思羽
 筑後

Signed

Hirosada (on each sheet)
広貞

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection