Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V as Danjô's Older Sister (Ane) Yashio, Onoe Kikugorô IV as Tsubone Masaoka (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Arajishi Otokonosuke (C), and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Nikki Danjô (L)

「弾正姉八しほ」五代目坂東彦三郎、「局政岡」四代目尾上菊五郎 「荒獅子男之助」初代河原崎権十郎 「仁木弾正」五代目坂東彦三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Daikokuya Kinnosuke (Kinjirô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage (2004), #24.5 (two left sheets only)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 75 cm (14 3/16 x 29 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.44296a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki
Theater: Ichimura

The left sheet was later recycled by the publisher, without any alterations, for a production in which the same actor played the same role, at the Nakamura Theater in 1861. See 11.21569-70 for the later version.

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 10
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、巳十
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