Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô I as Soga no Gorô, II as Yanone Gorô, and III as Narukami (R); VII as Benkei and VIII as Sukeroku (C); IV as Taira no Kagekiyo, V as Taira no Yoshikado, and VI as Kamakura no Gongorô Kagemasa in Shibaraku (L)

初代市川団十郎の曽我五郎、二代目の矢の根五郎、三代目の鳴神上人  七代目の弁慶、八代目の助六  四代目の平景清、五代目の平良門、六代目の鎌倉権五郎影政

Japanese
Edo period
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Shimizuya Tsunejirô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Mueller et al., Competition and Collaboration (2007), #135

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 x 73.9 cm (14 3/8 x 29 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.26973-5

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.26973 (right), 11.26974 (center), 11.26975 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.26973-5 (complete triptych), *11.39446 (left sheet only; deaccessioned in 2012)

Possibly designed in 1850 to celebrate the return of Ichikawa Ebizô V (formerly Danjûrô VII) to Edo after his banishment.
 五代目市川海老蔵(七代目市川団十郎)が江戸に戻った嘉永3年以降の作品ヵ。

(見立)

<5>市川海老蔵(<7>市川団十郎)が江戸に戻った嘉永3年以降の作品ヵ。

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni hitsu (on right sheet only)
一陽斎豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark
改印:浜、馬込、シタ売
彫師:なし
国貞改弐代豊国之印

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: August 3, 1911)

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