Actors Bandô Mitsugorô VI and (in inset) Bandô Shûka I as the Courtesan (Yûjo) Okaru (R); Morita Kan'ya XI and (in inset) Bandô Mitsugorô III as Ôboshi Yuranosuke (L)

右 六代目坂東三津五郎 「遊女おかる」 初代坂東しうか 左 十一代目森田勘弥 「大星由良之助」三代目坂東三津五郎

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.3 x 49.1 cm (13 7/8 x 19 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43851a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29039-40, 11.43849a-b, 11.43851a-b

Play: Shin Butai Iroha no Kakizome
Theater: Morita
新台いろは書始(しんぶたいいろはのかきぞめ)
森田
 1856、安政03、05・18

森田座再興につき、森田・坂東家を一画面におさめたもの。

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 5
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
改印:改、辰五
彫師:彫竹

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