Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Hashimotoya Shiraito (R), Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Suzuki Mondo (C), Ichikawa Dannosuke V as the Wife (Nyôbô) Oyaso, and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Wakatô Hikosuke (L)

「橋本屋白糸」三代目岩井粂三郎  「寿々木主水」八代目片岡仁左衛門  「女房お八十」五代目市川団之助、「わかとう彦助」五代目坂東彦三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.5 x 78 cm (14 3/4 x 30 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21575, 11.21576, 11.22487

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.21575-6 (right, center), 11.22487 (left)

Play: Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki
Theater: Nakamura
伊達競阿国歌舞妓(だてくらべおくにかぶき)
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 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Chô
改印:酉四改
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: 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