Actors Bandô Mitsugorô IV as the Courtesan (Keisei) Michinoku-dayû, Bandô Sajûrô I as the Foot Soldier (Ashigaru) Akebono Genroku, and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Ema no Koshirô Yoshitoki

「けいせゐ陸奥太夫 坂東彦三郎」(四代目)、「足軽曙源六 坂東佐十郎」 初代)、「江間の小四郎義時 市川団十郎」(八代目)「大当り/\」

Japanese
Edo period
1840 (Tenpô 11), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kawaguchiya Shôzô (Shôeidô, Eisendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 002-0681

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.8 x 25.8 cm (14 1/2 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39360

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Azuma Kagami Kaidan-banashi
Theater: Kawarazaki

This may be one sheet of a polyptych, with Bandô Mitsugorô as the courtesan on another sheet to the right; or the spider may be the courtesan in a supernatural form.

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga

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