Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as En'ya Hangan and Nakamura Shikan IV as Kô no Moronô (R); Bandô Kamezô I as Ashikaga Tadayoshi kô, with Arashi Kichiroku I (C); Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Momoi Wakasanosuke and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Kaoyo Gozen (L)

「塩谷判官」初代河原崎権十郎、「高師直」四代目中村芝翫 「足利直義公」初代坂東亀蔵、初代嵐吉六 「桃井若狭之助」十三代目市村羽左衛門、「皃代御前」三代目岩井粂三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hirookaya Kôsuke (Japanese, 1828–1918)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.2 x 73.8 cm (14 1/4 x 29 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44363a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura
Imaginary performance (mitate).

The play was performed at the Nakamura Theater during this month, but with a different cast. Except for Bandô Kamezô I, the actors shown here were at the Ichimura Theater.
 見立

文久2年3月には中村座で「仮名手本忠臣蔵」を上演しているが、本図とは配役が異なる。初代坂東亀蔵以外は市村座所属の役者。

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 3 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:戌三改
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