Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Benten Kozô Kikunosuke (R) and Nakamura Shikan IV as Nangô Rikimaru (L)

「弁天子僧菊之介 市村羽左衛門」(十三代目) 「南郷力丸 中村芝翫」(四代目 )

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Horikô Ko-Kin (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.2 x 48.7 cm (14 1/4 x 19 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40912a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Aoto Zôshi Hana no Nishiki-e
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Kiô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

喜翁豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 2 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Ko-Kin

改印:戌二改
彫師:彫工小金

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