Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Motoyoshi Yônosuke, Ichikawa Kuzô II as Ôwada Kuranoshin (R), Arashi Rikan III as Yamaoka Gonroku (C), Iwai Kumesaburô III as Gonroku's Wife (Nyôbô) Orachi, and Ichikawa Ebizô V as Sanshô Dayû (L)

「元吉要之助」八代目市川団十郎、「大和田蔵之進」二代目市川九蔵  「山岡権六」三代目嵐璃寛  「権六女房おらち」三代目岩井粂三郎、「三庄太夫」五代目市川海老蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Daikokuya Heikichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.7 x 77.1 cm (14 13/16 x 30 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.43969a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Mukashi Banashi Sanshô Dayû
Theater: Kawarazaki

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Rat 4, shita-uri (shita-uri on right sheet only)
No blockcutter's mark

改印:衣笠、村田、子四
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