Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V as Komurasaki, actually Gonpachi (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Akane Tabiya Hanshichi (C), and Sawamura Tanosuke III as Minoya Sankatsu (L)

「小紫実ハ権八 板東彦三郎」(五代目) 「茜足袋屋半七 河原崎権十郎」(初代) 「みのや三勝 沢村田之助」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.38969, 11.38984a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.38969 (right), 11.38984a-b (center and left)

MFA impressions: 11.38969VR (11.38969, 11.38984a-b), 11.38983a-c

Play: Tamakushige Akebono Soga
Theater: Nakamura
宝九字匣曙曽我(たまくしげあけぼのそが)
中村
 1863、文久03

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Chô
改印:亥正改
彫師: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: August 3, 1911)

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