Actors Iwai Tojaku I as Ichiriki no Okaru (R), Bandô Mitsugorô III as Ôboshi Yuranosuke (C), and Onoe Kikugorô III as Ono Kudayû (L)

「一力のおかる」初代岩井杜若 「大星由良之助」三代目坂東三津五郎 「斧九太夫」三代目尾上菊五郎

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Maruya Seijirô (Marusei, Jukakudô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Hori Nogen (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.9 x 76.6 cm (14 1/2 x 30 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43979a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Imaginary performance (mitate).
 見立

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, Rat 9
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Nogen
改印:浜、馬込、子九
彫師:彫乃げん

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