Actors as Sumô Wrestlers: Bandô Shûka I as Hanaregoma and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Nuregami (R); Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Onigatake and Arashi Kichisaburô III as Akitsushima (C); Arashi Rikan III as Tetsugadake and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Iwagawa (L)

「放駒」初代坂東しうか、「濡髪」三代目岩井粂三郎  「鬼ヶ嶽」四代目市川小団次、「秋津島」三代目嵐吉三郎  「鉄ヶ嶽」三代目嵐璃寛、「岩川」初代中村福助

Japanese
Edo period
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 12th month


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.4 x 72.8 cm (13 15/16 x 28 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44147a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

見立

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 12
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、寅十二
彫師:なし

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: January 19, 2005)

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