Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V as the Male Geisha (Otoko geisha) Shinkô (L); Matsumoto Kinsho, from Kamigata (kudari), as ... ; Iwai Shijaku II, formerly Kumesaburô III, as the Geisha ... (C); and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as the Male Geisha (Otoko geisha) Arinaka

「男芸者薪孝 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)  「 下り松本錦升」、「 粂三郎改 岩井紫若」(二代目)   「男芸者有中 河原崎権十郎」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Minokichi (Hori Mino) (Japanese, 1833–1906)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.7 × 73 cm (14 1/16 × 28 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.41152a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale): Tôkaidô Meisho Karakuri
Play (main feature): Mukashi-banashi Homare Soga
Theater: Nakamura
東駅名所機(とうかいどうめいしょからくり)
昔噺誉曽我(むかしばなしほまれそが )
中村
 1864、文久04、02・15

Signed

Yoshiiku ga (on each sheet)
芳幾画

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 2 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Mino
改印:子二改
彫師:彫巳の

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