Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Yamatoya Oyama, Bandô Takesaburô I as Tôrimono Take (R), and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Moremore no Yokazô (L)

「大和 やおやま」三代目岩井粂三郎、「通り物竹」初代坂東竹三郎  「もれ/\の与嘉蔵」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Iseya Bunshichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Minokichi (Hori Mino) (Japanese, 1833–1906)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 201-0026 (R), 201-0027 (L); Kuniyoshi Project db

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.3 x 47.8 cm (13 7/8 x 18 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38358a-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: 11.28748-9, 11.28833 (left sheet only), 11.38358a-b

Play: Iro Ichiza Tego to no Fukubiki
Theater: Nakamura
彩一座戯福摂(いろいちざてごとのふくびき)
 中村

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Mino
改印:衣笠、村田
彫師:彫巳の

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