Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as the Geisha Ohana (R), Asao Yoroku II as the Ascetic (Shugyôja) Gensai, Ichikasa Kodanji IV as Kohata Koheiji (C), and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Katanaya Hanshichi (L)

「芸者お花」三代目岩井粂三郎 「修行者現西」二代目浅尾与六、「木幡小平次」四代目市川小団次 「刀屋半七」初代河原崎権十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseyoshi (Japanese), Blockcutter Tsuge Shôjirô (Hori Shôji) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.9 x 74.7 cm (14 1/8 x 29 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44240a-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
小幡怪異雨古沼(こはだのかいいあめもふるぬま)
市村
 1859、安政06

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 7 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shô
改印:未七改
彫師:彫庄

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