Actors Iwai Shijaku I as Osome (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as the Monkey Trainer (Sarumawashi) Momota (C), and Iwai Kumesaburô II as Hisamatsu (L)

「おそめ 岩井紫若」(初代) 「猿廻し桃太 市川団十郎」(七代目) 「久まつ 岩井粂三郎」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1825 (Bunsei 8), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ezakiya Kichibei (Tenjudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.7 x 78 cm (14 13/16 x 30 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43423a-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, opening of Part 2): Michiyuki Ukine no Tomodori
Play (main feature): Oniwaka Kongen Butai
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)

五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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