Actors Bandô Takesaburô I as Senzai, Bandô Shûka I as Okina (R), Arashi Rikaku II as Puppet (Ayatsuri) Sanbasô (L)

「千歳」初代坂東竹三郎、「翁」初代坂東しうか  「あやつり三番叟」二代目嵐璃珏

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kiya Sôjirô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36 x 50.9 cm (14 3/16 x 20 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43706a-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, finale of Part 2, first section): Yanagi no Ito Hiku ya Gohiiki
Play: Shiranui Monogatari
Theater: Kawarazaki

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Ox 2
No blockcutter's mark

改印:福、村松、丑二
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