Actors Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Togashi Saemon (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Musashibô Benkei (C), and Bandô Takesaburô I as Minamoto no Yoshitsune (L)

「富樫左ヱ門」四代目市川小団次 「武蔵坊弁慶」八代目市川団十郎 「源義経」初代坂東竹三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Fujiokaya Keijirô (Shôrindô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.2 x 74.5 cm (13 7/8 x 29 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44008a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.44008a-c, 17.3216.18-20

Play (shosa): Kanjinchô
Play (main feature): Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki
Theater: Kawarazaki

Inscription

Poems

「此木戸の掟をゆるす桜かな 米升」
「花の空それつら/\おもん見れは 夜雨庵<八代目三升>」
「こたひ武蔵坊のすゝめによりて しらぬ山ふむも虎の尾さくらかな 橘子<竹☆>」

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)

一陽斎豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark

改印:衣笠、吉村
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