Actors Bandô Kamezô I as Kô no Moronao (R) and Sawamura Tosshô II as En'ya Hangan (L)

「高師直 坂東亀蔵」(初代) 「塩治判官 沢村訥升」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Masakichi (Hori Masa) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.5 x 49.7 cm (14 x 19 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40901a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura
Theater: Nakamura

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 marks: Horikô Matsushima Masakichi (on right sheet), Horikô Masa (on left sheet)

改印:戌六改
彫師:彫工松島政吉 彫工政

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