Actors Bandô Shûka I as Shiranui Daijin, actually Wakana-hime (R), and Arashi Rikaku II as Hananomura no Chigusa, actually Toriyama Shûsaku (L)

「白縫大尽実ハ若那姫」初代坂東しうか  「花野村の千種実ハ鳥山秋作」二代目嵐璃珏

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Edo yôkai dai zukan (2014), #230

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.3 x 47.5 cm (13 7/8 x 18 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43702a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, Act 6 of Part 1): Kojita Yami Koi no Kusemono
Play (main feature): Shiranui Monogatari
Theater: Kawarazaki
樹闇恋曲者(こじたやみこいのくせもの) 富本
しらぬひ譚(しらぬいものがたり)
河原崎、一番目六幕目
 1853、嘉永06

Signed

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

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Ox 4
No blockcutter's mark
改印:衣笠、村田、丑四
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