Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V as Tôma Saburôemon (R), Sawamura Tosshô II as Hayase Iori (C), and Ôtani Tomoemon V as Adachi Motoemon (L)

「東間三郎右衛門」五代目坂東彦三郎   「早瀬伊織」二代目沢村訥升   「安達元右衛門」五代目大谷友右衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 4th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Maruya Heijirô, Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41795a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kujira Obi Nishiki no Shingata
Theater: Morita
九宇成帯錦新摸(くじらおびにしきのしんがた)
 守田

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet)
国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 4 aratame
Blockcutter's marks: Horikô Chô (on right sheet), Hori Chô (on center and left sheets)

改印:卯四改
彫師:彫工長 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