Actors in Imaginary Roles (Mitate): Iwai Tojaku as Hotei no Oichi (R), Onoe Baikô (Onoe Kikugorô III) as Gokuin no Osen (C), and Ichikawa Ebizô V as Kaminari no Onaka (L), probably from a pentaptych of Five Women (Gonin onna)

「見立 布袋のお市 岩井杜若」  「見立 極印のおせん 尾上梅幸」(三代目尾上菊五郎)  「見立 雷のおなか 市川海老蔵」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1832–42 (Tenpô 3–13)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Edoya Matsugorô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.6 x 72.3 cm (14 7/16 x 28 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38520a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The former Ichikawa Danjûrô VII took the name Ichikawa Ebizô V in 1832.2, and the former Iwai Hanshirô V took the name Iwai Tojaku in 1832.11

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

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: 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