Actors Kataoka Gadô II as An no Heibei, Iwai Kumesaburô III as Karigane Bunshichi (R), Nakamura Fukusuke I as Hotei Ichiemon (C), Bandô Takesaburô I as Gokuin Sen'emon, Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Kaminari Shôkurô (L)

「安の平兵衛」二代目片岡我童、「厂金文七」三代目岩井粂三郎 「布袋市右衛門」初代中村福助 「極印千右衛門」初代坂東竹三郎、「雷庄九郎」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sagamiya Tôkichi (Ai-To) (Japanese), Blockcutter Sugawa Sennosuke (Hori Sennosuke) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35 x 72 cm (13 3/4 x 28 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.22339-41

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.22339 (right), 11.22340 (center), 11.22341 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.22339-41, 11.44184a-c

Mitate.
 見立

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 12
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Sen
改印:改、卯十二
彫師:彫工千

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