Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Yamagatsu Buô, actually Unno Kotarô Yukiuji (R); Iwai Kumesaburô II as the Lady-in-waiting (Oku jochû) Kinugasa (C); and Bandô Mitsugorô III as Yamagatsu Kumaô, actually Washinoo Saburô (L)

七代目市川団十郎の海野小太郎行氏 二代目岩井粂三郎の奥女中衣笠 三代目坂東三津五郎の鷲尾三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1827–28 (Bunsei 10–11)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #40; Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #49; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 3 (1963), #2700 (left sheet) and #2701 (right sheet)

Dimensions

Shikishiban triptych; 20.8 x 54.5 cm (8 3/16 x 21 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.26721-3

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.26721 (right), 11.26722 (center), 11.26723 (left)

Play: Kawaranu Hana Genji no Kaomise
Theater: Ichimura

The play was a kaomise performance in the 11th month of 1827; the triptych may have been made for New Year of 1828.

Poems translated in Izzard 1993, pp. 114-5.

Inscription

(right) Poem by Tsukushite Aritake: Nobori koi/ hirefuru taki no/ atsugôri/ haru no hiashi ni/ kudaku aragoto
(center) Poem by Ryûôtei Hananari: Sotto seshi/ yuki no furisode/ nugi sutete/ warau mo ada na/ hana no Yamatoya
(left) Poem by Ôguan Sobito: Washi no o no/ Yamatoya gei no/ na ni takaki/ ueminu hana no/ Ô-Edo no haru

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)
五渡亭国貞画

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