Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Benkei (R) and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Ushiwakamaru (L)

「弁慶」八代目市川団十郎、「牛若丸」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1847 (Kôka 4), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 25.8 cm (14 1/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39043

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): Shiki Utsushi Tosa-e no Futsutsuka
Play (main feature): Genke Hachidai Megumi no Tsuwamono
Theater: Ichimura
The actors’ names are written in by hand.
四季写土佐画拙(しきうつしとさえのふつつか) 常磐津、竹本、長唄
源家八代恵剛者(げんけはちだいめぐみのつわもの)
市村、二番目大切
 1847、弘化04、11・04

Signed

Hanmoto no ôju Toyokuni ga
梓元の應需豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、村田
彫師:なし

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