Actors Bandô Takesaburô I as the Spirit of a Mandarin Duck (Oshidori no sei) (R), Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Kanja Yoshitaka (C), and Nakamura Fukusuke I as the Spirit of a Mandarin Duck (Oshidori no sei) (L)

「鴦どりの精」初代坂東竹三郎 「冠者義隆」四代目坂東彦三郎 「鴛どりの精」初代中村福助

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Tsuge Shôjirô (Hori Shôji) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 x 75.6 cm (14 1/8 x 29 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.44176a-c

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): Sanpukutsui Kabuki no Irodori
Scene: Oshidori no Shosa (Dance of the Mandarin Ducks)
Play (main feature): Gonin Otoko Ichiji no Tateire
Theater: Ichimura
三幅対戯場彩色(さんぷくついかぶきのいろどり) 常磐津
鴛鴦の所作(おしどりのしょさ)
五人男☆胆潔侠(ごにんおとこいきじのたていれ)
市村、二番目大切
 1855、安政02、05・04

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 5
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shôji
改印:改、卯五
彫師:彫庄治

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