Actors Bandô Shûka I as the Shirabyôshi Dancer Hanako (C), Seki Sanjûrô III as Seitakabô, and Arashi Kichisaburô III as Kongarabô (L)

「白拍子花子」初代坂東しうか 「せいたか坊」三代目嵐吉三郎 「こんから坊」三代目関三十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), intercalary 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Mitaya Kihachi (Japanese), Blockcutter Tsuge Shôjirô (Hori Shôji) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Edo-Tokyo Museum, Edo kabuki (1995), #3-54

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.8 x 74.4 cm (14 1/2 x 29 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38506a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.38506a-c, 11.38507a-c

Play (finale of Part 2): Kyô-ganoko Musume Dôjô-ji
Play (main feature): Sumidagawa Tsui no Kaga-mon
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Rat intercalary
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Shôjirô

改印:福、村松、子閏
彫師:彫工庄次郎

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