Actors Bando Hikosaburô V as Mamushi no Jirokichi (R); Iwai Shijaku II, formerly Kumesaburô III, as Okame, the Daughter of the Furniture Store (Dôguya musume Okame) (C); and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Dôguya Yohei (L)

「まむしの次郎吉 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)  「道具屋娘おかめ 粂三郎改 岩井紫若」(二代目)  「道具屋与兵衛 河原崎権十郎」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 12th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Etsuka (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Asakura Hori Man (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41715a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The official name change of Iwai Kumesaburô III to Iwai Shijaku II actually took place in the 2nd month of 1864; this print was advance publicity for the upcoming production.

Play: Mukashi-banashi Homare Soga
Theater: Nakamura
Date of production: 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 2nd month

Signed

Kunichika ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

国周画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 12 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Chô aratame Asa Man

改印:亥十二改
彫師:彫長改朝万

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