Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Ojô Kichiza (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Obô Kichiza (C), and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Oshô Kichiza (L)

「おぜう吉三」三代目岩井粂三郎  「おぼう吉三」初代河原崎権十郎  「おしやう吉三」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kiya Sôjirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.2 x 75.6 cm (14 1/4 x 29 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.44236a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Sannin Kichiza Kuruwa no Hatsugai
Theater: Ichimura
三人吉三廓初買(さんにんきちさくるわのはつがい)
市村
 1860、安政07

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 12 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Kane (on left and right sheets), Koizumi Hori Kane (on center sheet)
改印:未十二改
彫師:彫兼 小泉彫兼

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