Actors Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Ghost of Shizuhata (R) and Ôtani Tomoemon IV as Akaboshi Daihachi (L)

「しづばたの亡霊」四代目市川小団次 「赤星大八」四代目大谷友右衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Daikokuya Heikichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.4 x 51.5 cm (13 15/16 x 20 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.22009-10

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.22009 (left), 11.22010 (right)

Play: Azuma Kudari Gojûsan Tsugi
Theater: Kawarazaki
吾孺下五十三駅(あずまくだりごじゅうさんつぎ)
河原崎
 1854、嘉永07、08・08

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 9
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
改印:改、寅九
彫師:彫竹

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