Actors Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Ashikaga Yoshimasa kô, Azuma Ichinojô I as Kashitsuki Sugibae (R), Onoe Kikujirô II as Besshitsu Fuji no kata (C), unidentified actor (Tatsunosuke?) as Koshimoto Kodemari, and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Ashikaga Jirô no kimi (L)

「足利義正公」四代目坂東彦三郎、「かしつき杉生」初代吾妻市之丞  「別室藤の方」二代目尾上菊次郎  「こし元小でまり」「足利冶郎ノ君」三代目岩井粂三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Shimizuya Tsunejirô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 x 75.5 cm (14 3/8 x 29 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.43482a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Higashiyama Sakura Zôshi
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, shita-uri (shita-uri on middle sheet only)
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、渡辺、シタ売
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