Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Togashi Saemon (R), Ichikawa Ebizô V as Musashibô Benkei (C), Ichikawa Saruzô I as Minamoto no Yoshitsune (L), and others

「番卒兵当」三代目浅尾奥山、「富樫左衛門」八代目市川団十郎、「同権当」松本国五郎 「同番当」初代市川広五郎、「武蔵坊弁慶」五台目市川海老蔵、「伊勢ノ三郎」二代目成田屋宗兵衛ヵ 「源ノ義経」初代市川猿蔵、「常陸坊海尊」七代目市川高麗蔵、「駿河ノ次郎」初代幡谷七右衛門、「片岡八郎」市川猿三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.1 x 76 cm (14 3/16 x 29 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43981a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa): Kanjinchô
Play (main feature): Ichinotani Futaba Gunki
Theater: Kawarazaki

Actors in the back row, from right to left: Asao Okuyama III as Sentry (Bansotsu) Heitô, Matsumoto Kunigorô as Sentry Kantô (R); Ichikawa Hirogorô I as Sentry Bantô, Naritaya Sôbei II(?) as Ise no Saburô (C); Ichikawa Komazô VII as Hitachibô Kaison, Hachiya Shichiemon I as Suruga no Jirô, and Ichikawa Sarusaburô as Kataoka Hachirô (L)

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, Rat 9
No blockcutter's mark

改印:浜、馬込、子九
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