Actors Ichikawa Sadanji I as Nangô Rikimaru, Sawamura Tosshô II as Tadanobu Rihei (R), Onoe Kikugorô V as Benten Kozô (C), Iwai Shijaku II as Akaboshi Jûza, and Nakamura Shikan IV as Nippondaemon (L)

「南郷力丸 市川左団次」(初代)、「忠信利平 沢村訥升」(二代目)  「弁天小僧 尾上菊五郎」(五代目)  「赤星十三 岩井紫若」(二代目)、「日本駄右衞門 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Meiji era
1870 (Meiji 3), 1st month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Iseya Rihei (Kinjudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41860a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet)

国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Horse 1 aratame (?)
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Umekawadô

改印:午正改ヵ
彫師:彫梅川堂

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