Actors, from right: Ichikawa Ebijûrô I as Tanzaemon Motoyasu, No. 1; Fujikawa Tomokichi II as the Diving Woman (Ama) Chidori, No. 2; Nakamura Utaemon III as Seo Tarô, No. 3; and Ichikawa Danzô V as Shunkan, No. 4; in the play Heike Nyôgo-no-shima

「平家女護嶋」 「丹左衛門元保 市川蝦十郎」(初代)「一」  「海士千鳥 藤川友吉」(二代目)「二」  「瀬尾太郎 中村歌右衛門」(三代目)「三」  「しゆん寛 市川団蔵」(五代目)「四」

Japanese
Edo period
1824 (Bunsei 7), 9th month
Artist Saikôtei Shibakuni (Japanese, active 1821–1826), Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832), Publisher Tenmaya Kihei (Tenki) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 94; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #155

Dimensions

Vertical ôban tetraptych; 37.5 x 100.6 cm (14 3/4 x 39 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.36197a-d

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Heike Nyôgo-no-shima
Theater: Kado

Signed

Saikôtei Shibakuni ga (on 1, 2, and 4); Shunkôsai Hokushû ga (on 3)

西光亭芝国画 春好斎北洲

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