Actors Ichikawa Ebizô V as Tarôzaemon (R) and Ichikawa Ebijûrô IV as Umanokami (L) in Ôtô no Miya Asahi no Yoroi

「大塔宮曦鎧」 「太郎左衛門」五代目市川海老蔵  「右馬之頭」四代目市川鰕十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 8th month
Artist Isshusai Kunikazu (Japanese, active about 1848–1868)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 110; Keyes, PMA cat. (1973), #236 (complete triptych, no photo, actor IDs partly incorrect)

Dimensions

Vertical chûban diptych; 25.7 x 37.8 cm (10 1/8 x 14 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.35806a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Two sheets of an incomplete triptych; the third sheet shows Arashi Rikan III as Hanazono.

Play: Ôtô no Miya Asahi no Yoroi
Theater: Kado

Signed

Kunikazu (on each sheet)

国員

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