Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Kinugawa Tanizô (R) and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Sabu's Younger Sister (Imôto) Kasane (L)

「絹川谷蔵」八代目市川団十郎 「三ふ妹かさね」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.5 x 49.9 cm (14 x 19 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.29963-4

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.29963 (left), 11.29964 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.29963-4, 11.43834a-b

Signed

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

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Rat 12
No blockcutter's mark
改印:衣笠、村田、子十二
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