Actors Bandô Mitsugorô III as Hige no Ikyû (R) and Ichikawa Omezô I as Sukeroku (L)

「髭の伊久 坂東三津五郎」(三代目)  「助六 市川男女蔵」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1807 (Bunka 4), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37.8 x 50.7 cm (14 7/8 x 19 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.13684-5

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.13684 (right), 11.13685 (left)

Play (second feature): Sukeroku Sakura no Futae Obi
Theater: Nakamura

The two actors alternated in the roles.
助六桜の二重帯
 中村

Signed

Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)
豊国画

Markings

Censor's seals: kiwame, Hare 3
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: August 3, 1911)

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