Actors Bandô Shûka I as Konjin Chôgorô (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Honchô Tsunagorô (CR), Iwai Kumesaburô III as Hanaregoma no Chôkichi (C), Bandô Takesaburô I as Maboroshi Takeemon (CL), and Arashi Rikan III as Kanoko Kanbei (L)

「金神蝶五郎」初代坂東しうか 「本町綱五郎」八代目市川団十郎 「放駒の蝶吉」三代目岩井粂三郎 「幻竹右衛門」初代坂東竹三郎 「鹿の子寛兵衛」三代目嵐璃寛

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


Dimensions

Vertical ôban pentaptych; 36.9 x 125 cm (14 1/2 x 49 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42148a-b, 11.44083a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Pentaptych: 11.42148a-b (two left sheets), 11.44083a-c (three right sheets)

MFA impressions: 11.42147a-e, 11.42148VR (11.42148a-b, 11.44083a-c)
 見立

Signed

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

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Ox 6
No blockcutter's mark
改印:福、村松、丑六
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: 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