Actors Ichimura Kakitsu IV as the Spirit of a Male Cedar Tree (R), Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Hakoômaru (C), and Ichimura Kakitsu IV as the Spirit of a Female Cedar Tree (L)

「男杉の精」四代目市村家橘   「箱王丸」四代目市川小団次  「女杉の精」四代目市村家橘

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 3rd month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41769a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The sheets are attached in incorrect order; sheet at R should be at L.

Play: Keisei Soga Kuruwa Kagami
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet)

国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 3 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Chô

改印:卯三改
彫師:彫長

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