Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V as Yajirobei, Asao Yoroku II as Zatô Nebuichi (R), Sawamura Tanosuke III as Goze Otano, and Sawamura Tosshô II as Kitahachi (L)

「弥次郎兵衛 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)、「座頭ねぶ市 浅尾与六」(二代目) 「ごぜおたの 沢村田之助」(三代目)、「喜多八 沢村訥升」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 6th month


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.2 x 50.3 cm (13 7/8 x 19 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40905a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Imaginary performance (mitate).
 見立

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 6 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Ôta Hori Koma (on left sheet)
改印:戌六改
彫師:太田彫駒

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