Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Seki no Koman (R) and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Shimobe Hachizô (L)

「関の小まん」三代目岩井粂三郎  「下部八蔵」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Hori Sashichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.3 x 50.5 cm (13 7/8 x 19 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.43723a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.43723a-b, 11.43728a-b

Play: Hana Butai Banjaku Soga
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 3
Blockcutter's mark: Sashichi koku

改印:改、卯三
彫師:佐七刻

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