Actors Kanjaku (Nakamura Kanjaku III) as Musashi (above) and Nakamura Shikan IV as both Matsuyama and Wankyû (below), from the series Actors and Comedy, Comparisons of Hits (Haiyû rakugo atari kurabe)

「俳優落語あたりくらべ」「無三四 翫雀」(三代目中村翫雀)、「松山・わん久 中村芝翫」(三代目)

Japanese
Meiji era
1873 (Meiji 6)
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Gusokuya Kahei (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.9 x 23.8 cm (14 1/8 x 9 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.44383

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Toyohara Kunichika hitsu
豊原国周筆

Markings

No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
改印:なし
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: 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