Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Hakata Kojorô (R), Seki Sanjûrô III as Kezori Kuemon (C), and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Komatsuya Sôshichi (L)

「博多小女郎 岩井粂三郎」(三代目) 「毛剃九右衛門 関三十郎」(三代目) 「小松屋宗七 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 7th month


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 34.7 x 71.8 cm (13 11/16 x 28 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.44337a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (middle section): Hakata Kojorô
Play (main feature): Hachijin Shugo no Honjô
Theater: Nakamura (9th month)
博多小女郎(はかたこじょろう)
八陣守護城(はちじんしゅごのほんじょう)
中村
 1861、文久01

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 7 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Chô
改印:酉七改
彫師: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