Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as a Marionette (Ayatsuri ayame ningyô) of Ono Sadakurô (R) and Nakamura Shikan IV as a Marionette (Ayatsuri ayame ningyô) of Yoichibei (L)

(斧定九郎の)「操あやめ人形 河原崎権十郎」(初代) (与一兵衛の)「操あやめ人形 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 5th month
Publisher Kagiya Shôbei (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.6 x 49.2 cm (14 x 19 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.40863a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Ayatsuri Ayame Ningyô
Play (main feature): Kutsuwa no Oto Tazuna no Somewake
Theater: Ichimura
操菖蒲人形(あやつりあやめにんぎょう) 花薗
轡音☆染分(くつわのおとたづなのそめわけ)、上巻
市村、二番目大切
 1861、文久01

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 5 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Kane (on right sheet), Koizumi Hori Kane (on left sheet)
改印:酉五改
彫師:彫子兼 小泉彫兼

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