Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V as Tsubone Iwafuji (R), Sawamura Tanosuke III as Chûrô Onoe (C), and Onoe Kikugorô V as Meshitsukai Ohatsu (L)

「局岩藤 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)  「中老尾上 沢村田之助」(三代目)  「召仕おはつ 尾上菊五郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Meiji era
1871 (Meiji 4), 2nd month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Yamamura Kinzaburô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41853a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Medeta Moyô Hatsu ga Fumibako
Theater: Nakamura
Date of production: 1871.03.16
鶴亀曙模様初筺(めでたもようはつがふみばこ)
 中村

Signed

Toyohara Kunichika hitsu (on center and left sheets)
豊原国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 2 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:未弐改
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: 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