Actors Iwai Shijaku II as the Geisha Koito (R), Kawarazaki Gonjurô I as Honchô Tsunagorô (C), and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Omatsuri Sashichi (L)

「けい者小糸 岩井紫若」(二代目)  「本町綱五郎 河原崎権十郎」 (初代)  「御まつり佐七 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 9th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 101-1738 (R), 101-1739 (C), 101-1740 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.21380-2

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.21380 (right), 11.21381 (center), 11.21382 (left)

Play: Honchôshi Shirabe no Iroito
Theater: Nakamura
本律調艶糸(ほんちょうししらべのいろいと)
 中村

Signed

Kunichika ga (on each sheet)
国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 9 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:子九改
彫師:なし

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: August 3, 1911)

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