Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V as Jûza, a Rat Spirit (Nezumi no sei) (R, C) and Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Kochô, a Cat Spirit (Neko no sei) (L)

「十三鼠ノ生 坂東彦三郎」(五代目) 「胡蝶猫ノ生 市村家橘」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1866 (Keiô 2), 3rd month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Yamamura Kinzaburô (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41793a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet)
国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Tiger 3 aratame
Blockcutter's marks: Hori Chô (on right and center sheets), Katada Hori Chô (on left sheet)
改印:寅三改
彫師:彫長 片田彫長

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