Actors Iwai Yonesaburô III as Hisakata-hime, Arashi Kichisaburô III as Kimura Tatewaki (R); Nakamura Tomijûrô II as Sangoku no Tayû, actually the Earth Spider Spirit (C); Nakamura Nakasuke II as Kongôtarô, Onoe Kikujirô II as Woman Pilgrim Akitsuki (L)

「久方姫」三代目岩井粂三郎、「木村帯刀」三代目嵐吉三郎  「三国太夫実ハ土蜘の精」二代目中村富十郎  「金剛太郎」二代目中村仲助、「女六部秋月」二代目尾上菊次郎

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.8 x 75.6 cm (14 1/2 x 29 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.29215-7

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.29215 (right), 11.29216 (center), 11.29217 (left)

MFA impressions: *11.29170-1 (two right sheets only; deaccessioned in 2012), 11.29178-80, 11.29215-7, 11.29275 (left sheet only)

Play: Kana Kyôdai Musume no Adauchi
Theater: Ichimura
仮名☆☆娘復讐(かなきょうだいむすめのあだうち)
市村
 1853、嘉永06、09・21

Signed

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

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, Ox 7
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、渡辺、丑七
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