Actors Bandô Shûka I and Ichimura Takenojô V in Kenbutsuemon, from an untitled series

「見物ゑもん」 五代目市村竹之丞、初代坂東しうか

Japanese
Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Jôshûya Kinzô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 24.8 cm (14 3/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.40298

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (interval between main and second feature): Kotobuki
Scene: Kenbutsuemon
Play (main feature): Hôraisan Yotsugi Soga
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga

香蝶楼豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome
Blockcutter's mark: Sashichi tô

改印:浜、馬込
彫師:佐七刀

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