Actors Bandô Mitsugorô IV as a Good Influence (Zendama) (R) and Nakamura Shikan II as an Evil Influence (Akudama) (L) in a Grand Finale Dance Play (Ôkiri shosagoto)

「大切所作事」 善玉 「坂東三津五郎」(四代目)  「大切所作事」 悪玉 「中村芝翫」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1832 (Tenpô 3), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kawaguchiya Uhei (Fukusendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Edo-Tokyo Museum, Edo kabuki (1995), #3-80

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.2 x 50 cm (14 1/4 x 19 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15206-7

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.15206 (right), 11.15207 (left)

Play: Yayoi no Hana Asakusa Matsuri
Theater: Nakamura
弥生花浅草祭(やよいのはなあさくさまつり)
 中村

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: 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