Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Fumizukai Tanba Yosaku (R), Sawamura Tanosuke III as Iroha of the Kanaya (C), and Nakamura Shikan IV as Rônin Tazuna Komatarô, Actually Inada Kôzô (L)

「文使丹波与作」初代河原崎権十郎  「金屋内いろは」三代目沢村田之助  「浪人手綱駒太郎実ハ稲田幸蔵」四代目中村芝翫

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Daikokuya Heikichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 x 76.1 cm (14 1/8 x 29 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44345a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kutsuwa no Oto Tazuna no Somewake
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:酉四改
彫師:彫竹

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