Actors Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Muroto Sadayuki (R), Onoe Baikô IV as Kôbaimaru (C), and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Hôryô Ajari (L)

「室戸貞行」四代目坂東彦三郎 「紅梅丸」四代目尾上梅幸 「法了阿闍梨」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Moriya Jihei (Kinshindô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.7 x 74.2 cm (14 1/16 x 29 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43967a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Otogi Banashi Hakata no Imaori
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, Rat 7, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、渡辺、子七、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