Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Omatsuri Sashichi (R) and Bandô Shûka I as the Geisha Koito (L)

「おまつり佐七」八代目市川団十郎  「げいしや小糸」初代坂東しうか

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 34.6 x 48.9 cm (13 5/8 x 19 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.45271a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.43837a-b, 11.45271a-b

Possibly a scene of lifesized dolls (iki ningyô) representing the two recently deceased actors.

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 6
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、辰六
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