Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V as Niwakashi Ohan (R), Onoe Kikugorô IV as Odori no Shishô Umegiku (C), Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Shingyoku Tomonosuke and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô as Niwakashi Kingyoku (L)

右から 「俄師尾半」五代目坂東彦三郎 「踊の師匠梅菊」四代目尾上菊五郎 「新玉供之助」四代目市川小団次、「俄師琴玉」初代河原崎権十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Enshûya Hikobei (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.1 x 74.2 cm (14 3/16 x 29 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.29121-3

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.29121 (left), 11.29122 (center), 11.29123 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.29121-3, 11.44276a-c

Play (shosa): Manete Midori Warô Tôyama
Play (main feature): Nezumi Komon Haru no ShIngata
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 1
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、巳正
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: 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