Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Itô Sôta (R), Seki Sanjûrô III as the Bandit (Tôzoku) Hayabusa Tarô (C), and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Ghost of Takayama (Takayama no rei) (L)

「伊東壮太」八代目市川団十郎 「盗賊隼太郎」三代目関三十郎 「高山ノ霊」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 x 75.2 cm (14 1/8 x 29 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.29514-6

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.29514 (center), 11.29515 (right), 11.29516 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.29514-6, 11.44068a-c

Play: Hana no Saga Nekomata Zôshi
Theater: Nakamura
花埜嵯峨猫魔稿(はなののさがねこまたぞうし)
中村
 1853、嘉永06、09・15

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, Ox 7
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、渡辺、丑七
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: 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