Actors Bandô Shûka I as Koheiji's Wife (Nyôbô) Otsuka and Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Adachi Sakurô (L); Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Kohada Koheiji (C); Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Koheiji's Ghost (Yûrei) and Asao Okuyama III as Gensai Bôzu Tôroku (L)

「小平女房お塚」初代坂東しうか 「安達左九郎」四代坂東彦三郎、「木幡小平次」四代市川小団次、「小平次ゆうれい」四代市川小団次 「現西坊主塔六」三代浅尾奥山

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Edo yôkai dai zukan (2014), #117; Konishi, Nishiki-e Bakumatsu Meiji no rekishi 1 (1977), pp. 32-3

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.2 x 73 cm (13 7/8 x 28 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.29193-5

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.29193 (left), 11.29194 (right), 11.29195 (center)

Play (second feature): Kaidan Kohada Koheiji
Play (main feature): Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi
Theater: Kawarazaki
怪談小幡小平治(かいだんこはだこへいじ)
碁太平記白石噺(ごたいへいきしらいしばなし)
河原崎、二番目三幕目
 1853(嘉永06)、09・17

Signed

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

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, Ox 7
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、渡辺、丑七
彫師:なし

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