Actors Bandô Muraemon I as Asagao Senbei and Ichikawa Yaozô VI as Fukuyama no Zenta, from the series Heroic Commoners in Kabuki (Rien kyokaku den)

「梨園侠客伝」「朝皃せん平」初代坂東村右衛門、「福山の善太」六代目市川八百蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hiranoya Shinzô (Aikindô), Blockcutter Ôta Komakichi (Hori Koma, Hori Tashichi) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 23.8 cm (14 1/16 x 9 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.42877

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu

七十八歳豊国筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 12 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Tashichi

改印: 亥十二改

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