Actors in a Dance Number (Shosagoto): Bandô Mitsugorô III as Tanzen Otoko Ukiyonosuke (R), Iwai Hanshirô V as the Courtesan (Keisei) Kaguyama (C), and Nakamura Utaemon III as Tanzen Yakko Daisuke (L)

「坂東三津五郎 所作事」(三代目坂東三津五郎の丹前男浮世之助)  「岩井半四郎 所作事」(五代目岩井半四郎のけいせゐ香久山)  「中村歌右衛門 所作事」(三代目中村歌右衛門の丹前奴大助)

Japanese
Edo period
1818 (Bunka 15/Bunsei 1), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kawaguchiya Uhei (Fukusendô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 38.6 x 77.2 cm (15 3/16 x 30 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.21510-2

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.21510 (right), 11.21511 (center), 11.21512 (left)

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Sono Sugata Hana no Utsushi-e
Play (main feature): HIgashiyama-dono Kabuki no Danmaku
Theater: Nakamura
其姿花図絵(そのすがたはなのうつしえ) 長唄、常磐津
東山殿劇場段幕(ひがしやまどのかぶきのだんまく)
中村、二番目大切
 1818、文化15、04・06

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: 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