Actors Ichikawa Ichizô III as Shinobi no Sôta (R), Nakamura Shikan IV as Juemon (C), Bandô Kamezô I as the Masseur (Anma) Ushi-ichi, and Iwai Kumesaburô III as the Courtesan (Keisei) Hanako (L)

「 忍の惣太 市川市蔵」(三代目)  「重右衛門 中村芝翫」(四代目)  「按摩丑市 坂東亀蔵」(初代)、「けいせゐ花子 岩井粂三郎」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 3rd month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Izutsuya Shôkichi, Japanese, Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-8271 (R), 100-8272 (C), 100-8273 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 73 cm (14 3/16 x 28 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.44688a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Keisei Omokage Sakura
Theater: Morita

Signed

Kunichika ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

国周画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 3 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Chô

改印:亥三改
彫師:彫長

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