Actors Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Subashiri Okuma (R), Onoe Kikujirô II as Kumokiri Oroku, Sawamura Tosshô II as Kinezumi Okichi (C), and Bandô Mitsugorô VI as Osaraba Oden (L)

「須走お熊 市村家橘」(四代目)   「雲切お六 尾上菊次郎」(二代目)、「木鼠お吉 沢村訥升」(二代目)   「於更馬お傳 坂東三津五郎」(六代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 8th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Sanoya Tomigorô (Kinseidô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Daijirô (Hori Dai) (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Masakichi (Hori Masa) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41857a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Three blockcutters, one for each sheet.

Play: Musume Hyôban Zen’aku Kagami
Theater: Ichimura
処女評判善悪鏡(むすめひょうばんぜんあくかがみ)
 市村

Signed

Kunichika ga (on each sheet)
国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Ox 8 aratame
Blockcutters' marks: Horikô Daijirô (right sheet), Katada Hori Chô (center sheet), Matsushima Hori Masa (left sheet)
改印:丑八改
彫師:彫工大次郎 片田彫長 松島彫政

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