Actors Iwai Shijaku II as Yamatoya Owaka (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Fuwa Banzaemon Shigekatsu (C), and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Nagoya Sanza Motoharu (L)

「大和屋おわか 岩井紫若」(二代目)  「不破伴左エ門 河原崎権十郎」(初代)  「名古屋山三 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 4th month


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 × 72.9 cm (14 1/8 × 28 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.41330-2

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.41330 (center), 11.41331 (left), 11.41332 (right)

Possibly photographed out of order; the female figure may be the center sheet.

Play: Sato Tsubame Sugata no Inazuma
Theater: Nakamura
花街燕比貌稲妻(さとつばめすがたのいなずま)
中村
元治01 (1864)・04・

Signed

Yoshitora ga (on each sheet)
芳虎画

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Sei (on right sheet)
改印:子四改
彫師:彫清

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