Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V as Tsurubei (R), Sawamura Tosshô II as Kinohei (C), and Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Kitsuhei (L), in the Scene of the Three Drunks (Sannin namayoi no ba) from Act II of The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers (Chûshingura Sandanme)

「所作事 忠臣蔵二段目 三人生酔の場」「鶴平 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)  「紀の平 沢村訥升」(二代目)  「橘平 市村家橘」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 5th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Jôshûya Kinzô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-0073 (R), 100-0074 (C), 100-0075 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41735a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Chûshingura Sugata no Eawase
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Kunichika ga (on each sheet)

国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Ox 5 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:丑五改
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