Actors in Act IX of Chûshingura: Iwai Hanshirô VII as Ôboshi Rikiya (R), Nakamura Utaemon IV as Kakogawa Honzô (C), and Segawa Kikunojô V (?) as His Wife (Nyôbô) Tonase (L)

「忠臣蔵九段目 其一 大星力弥」七代目岩井半四郎 「忠臣蔵九段目 其二 加古川本蔵」四代目中村歌右衛門 「忠臣蔵九段目 其三 女房となせ」五代目瀬川菊之丞ヵ

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Maruya Seijirô (Marusei, Jukakudô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Hori Nogen (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.9 x 76.9 cm (14 1/8 x 30 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.43977a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29923-5, 11.43977a-c

Imaginary performance (mitate).
 見立

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Rat 10
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Nogen
改印:福、村松、子十
彫師:彫乃げん

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