Actors Iwai Shijaku II as Wife (Nyôbô) Omaki (R), Bandô Hikosaburô V as Kurotegumi no Sukeroku (C), and Sawamura Tosshô II as Ushiwaka Denji

「女房お巻」二代目岩井紫若  「黒手組ノ助六」五代目坂東彦三郎  「牛若伝次」二代目沢村訥升

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese), Blockcutter Watanabe Eizô (Hori Ei) (Japanese, 1833–1901)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.1 × 72.6 cm (14 3/16 × 28 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.41151a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Atari Kuji Mansei Soga
Theater: Morita
当九字万成曽我(あたりくじまんせいそが)
 守田

Signed

Yoshiiku hitsu (on each sheet)
芳幾筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Watanabe Hori Ei
改印:卯正改
彫師:渡辺彫栄

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