Actors Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Nozarashi Gosuke (R) and Bandô Hikosaburô V as the Hell Courtesan (Jigoku Dayû)

「野晒語助 市村家橘」(四代目) 「地獄太夫 板東彦三郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904), Publisher Iseya Rihei (Kinjudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Meech, "Kuniyoshi and the Hell Courtesan," in Seduction (2015), fig. 63

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37.3 × 50.4 cm (14 11/16 × 19 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.16411, 11.21904

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.16411 (left), 11.21904 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.16411VR (11.16411, 11.21904), 11.45334a-b

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Ikkyû Jigoku Banashi
Play (main feature): Tsuru no Chitose Soga no Kadomatsu
Theater: Ichimura
一休地獄噺(いっきゅうじごくはなし)
鶴千歳曽我門松(つるのちとせそがのかどまつ)
 市村

Signed

Ikkeisai Yoshiiku ga (on each sheet)
一蕙斎芳幾画

Markings

Censor's seal: Ox 1 aratame (on left sheet only)
No blockcutter's mark
改印:丑正改
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: 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