Actors Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Adachi Sakurô (R), Bandô Shûka I as Koheiji's Wife (Nyôbô) Otsuka (C), and Arashi Rikaku II as Kohata Koheiji (L)

「安達左九郎」四代目坂東彦三郎  「小平次女房お塚」初代坂東しうか  「木幡小平次」二代目嵐璃珏

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Utagawa Kuniteru II (Kunitsuna II) (Japanese, 1830–1874), Publisher Aritaya Seiemon (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 34.6 x 49.7 cm (13 5/8 x 19 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.29211, 11.29212, 11.40771

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.29211 (center sheet), 11.29212 (right sheet), 11.40771 (left sheet)

Play (second feature): Kaidan Kohada Koheiji
Play (main feature): Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi
Theater: Kawarazaki
怪談木幡小平治(かいだんこはだこへいじ)
碁太平記白石噺(ごたいへいきしらいしばなし)
河原崎、二番目
 1853、嘉永06

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet); Kunitsuna ga (on screen in right sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, Ox 9
No blockcutter's mark
改印:浜、馬込、丑九
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: 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