Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Koheiji's Wife (Nyôbô) Otsuka (R), Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Ghost (Bôrei) of Koheiji, Seki Sanjûrô III as Adachi Takurô (C), and Sawamura Tosshô II as Kôsai Kijirô (L)

「小平次女房お塚」三代目岩井粂三郎 「小平次亡霊」四代目市川小団次、「安達多九郎」三代目関三十郎 「香西喜次郎」二代目沢村訥升

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.6 x 73.7 cm (14 x 29 in.)

Accession Number

11.44251a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kohada no Kaii Ame mo Furunuma
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 6 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:未六改
彫師:彫竹

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