Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Benten Kozô Kikunosuke, Seki Sanjûrô III as Nippondaemon (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Tadanobu Rihei (C), Iwai Kumesaburô III as Akaboshi Jûza, and Nakamura Shikan IV as Nangô Rikimaru (L)

「弁天小僧菊之助 市村羽左衛門」(十三代目)、「日本駄右衛門 関三十郎」(三代目) 「忠信利平 河原崎権十郎」(初代) 「赤星十三 岩井粂三郎」(三代目)、「南郷力丸 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #165; Fujisawa Akane, "Toyokuni to Mokuami...," in Ukiyo-e geijutsu 154 (2007), pp. 60-1, fig. 11

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 73.4 cm (14 3/16 x 28 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.44351a-c

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

The umbrellas form the shape of the characters “ô-iri,” meaning “full house.”

Signed

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

喜翁豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 12 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:戌十二改
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: 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