Actors Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Munesada (R), Ichikawa Ebizô V as Ôtomo no Kuronushi (C), and Onoe Kikugorô III as the Spirit of the Komachi Cherry Tree (Komachi sakura no sei) (L)

「宗貞 坂東彦三郎」(四代目) 「大ともの黒主 市川海老蔵」(’五代目) 「小町桜のせい 尾上菊五郎」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1837 (Tenpô 8), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ezakiya Kichibei (Tenjudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.9 x 73.7 cm (14 1/8 x 29 in.)

Accession Number

11.43449a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, interval): Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To
Play (main feature): Sekai wa Taira Ume no Kaomise
Theater: Ichimura
積恋雪関扉(つもるこいゆきのせきのと) 常磐津
世界平氏梅顔競(せかいはたいらうめのかおみせ)
市村、一番目と二番目の間
 1837、天保08、11・23

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)
五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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