Actors Bandô Shûka I as Suzushiro, actually Wakana-hime (R), Arashi Rikan III as Kikuchi Sadayuki, and Arashi Kangorô I as Munehara Issai (L)

「すゝしろ実ハ若菜姫」初代坂東しうか 「菊地貞行」三代目嵐璃寛、「宗原逸斎」初代嵐冠五郎

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Minatoya Kohei (Japanese), Blockcutter Hori Ta (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.7 x 49 cm (14 1/16 x 19 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45892a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Shiranui Monogatari
Theater: Kawarazaki
しらぬひ譚(しらぬいものがたり)
河原崎
 1853、嘉永06

Signed

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

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Ox 2
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ta
改印:福、村松、丑二
彫師:彫多

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