Actors Bandô Mitsugorô as Kaminari Shôkurô, Actually (jitsu wa) Hana... Bunshichi (R), Iwai Hanshirô as Otaka (C), and Sawamura Tosshô I as Tsuyuki Mondo (L)

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24.8 cm (14 1/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.40718-20

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)

五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印: 極

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