Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Ikedô Sankichi and Onoe Kikugorô IV as the Widow (Goke) Otaka

「いけどう三吉」十三代目市村羽左衛門、「後家お高」四代目尾上菊五郎

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 26.1 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.21369

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Left sheet of incomplete tetraptych. The two right sheets: 11.21368, 11.21370 (both dated 1857.3)

Play: Nezumi Komon Haru no Shingata
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 4
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、巳四
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: August 3, 1911)

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