Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XII as the Hôkashi (Folkdance Performer) Kobihachi (R), Nakamura Utaemon IV as the Hôkashi Otokichi (C), and Ichikawa Kuzô II as the Hôkashi Sanzô (L)

「放下師こび八 市村羽左衛門」(十二代目)  「放下師音吉 中村歌右衛門」(四代目)  「放下師三蔵 市川九蔵」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1841 (Tenpô 12), intercalary 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.2 x 76.1 cm (14 5/8 x 29 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43471a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, Act 4 of Part 1): Mau Teori Soeiro no Tanemaki
Play (main feature): Fudehajime Soga no Fukubiki
Theater: Ichimura

Inscription

年代記では「音松」。

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)

五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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