Actors in Parody Roles (Mitate): Sawamura Tosshô II as Saigyô Hôshi (R), Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Eguchi no kimi (C), and Ichimura Takematsu III and Ichikawa Kuzô III as Echigo Lion Dancers (Echigo-jishi) (L)

「見立西行法師 沢村訥升」(二代目)  「見立江口の君 市村家橘」(四代目)  「見立越後しゝ 市村竹松」(三代目)、「見立越後しゝ 市川九蔵」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Fujiokaya Keijirô (Shôrindô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.4 x 73.3 cm (13 15/16 x 28 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.44349a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Koi no Tekuda Monju no Chie no Wa
Play (main feature): Hana Utsugi Iga no Ryôtô
Theater: Ichimura

Inscription

「富本宮登太夫」「富本豊珠翁」「富本豊前太夫」「富本松見太夫」「富本八百太夫」「富本小志太夫」「同八重太夫」「同清寿太夫」「三弦 名見崎八五郎」「名見崎菊次」「名見崎徳治」「名見崎徳蔵」「名見崎長佐」

Signed

Kiô Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)

喜翁豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 4 aratame
Blockcutter's marks: Katada Hori Chô (on right and left sheets), Hori Chô (on center sheet)

改印:亥四改
彫師:片田彫長 彫長

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