Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as the Weaver (Shokujo), One of the Paired Stars (Futatsuboshi no sei) (R), Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Night-crawling Star (Yobaiboshi no sei) (C), and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as the Cowherd (Kengyû), One of the Paired Stars (L)

「二星ノ精織女」三代目岩井粂三郎  「夜這星の精」四代目市川小団次  「二星ノ精牽牛」初代河原崎権十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.4 x 74.2 cm (13 15/16 x 29 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44238a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Jitsugetsusei Chûya no Oriwake
Play (main feature): Kanadehon Chûshingura
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 9 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:未九改
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