Actors Ichikawa Ebizô V as Kezori Kuemon (R), Iwai Tojaku I as Mikuni Kojorô (C), and Ichikawa Danzô V as Komachiya Sôshichi (L)

「毛そり九右衛門 市川海老蔵」(五代目) 「三国小女郎 岩井杜若」(初代) 「小町屋宗七 市川団蔵」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1837 (Tenpô 8), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 x 72.9 cm (14 1/8 x 28 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.29936-8

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.29936 (right), 11.29937 (center), 11.29938 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.29936-8, 11.43463a-c

Play (second feature): Hakata Kojorô
Play (main feature): Kabuki no Hana Kongen Soga
Theater: Nakamura
博多小女郎(はかたこじょろう)
戯場花根元曽我(かぶきのはなこんげんそが)
中村、二番目
 1837、天保08、01・22

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)
五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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