Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V as Tsubone Masaoka (R), Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Matsugae Matonosuke (C), and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Nikki Danjô (L)

「局政岡 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)  「松ヶ枝的之助 片岡仁左衛門」(八代目)  「仁木弾正 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sagamiya Tôkichi (Ai-To) (Japanese), Blockcutter Sugawa Sennosuke (Hori Sennosuke) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.3 x 75.4 cm (14 5/16 x 29 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44336a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki
Theater: Nakamura
伊達競阿国歌舞妓(だてくらべおくにかぶき)
中村
 1861、文久01

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Sennosuke
改印:酉四改
彫師:彫千之助

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