Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Shirai Gonpachi (R), Nakamura Fukusuke I as Miyamoto Musashi (CR), Sawamura Tosshô II as Hanakawa Bunshichi (C), Ichikawa Ichizô III as Sawai Matagorô (CL), and Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Ishii Genjirô (L)

「白井権八」初代河原崎権十郎 「宮本無三四」初代中村福助 「花川文七」二代目沢村訥升 「沢井又五郎」三代目市川市蔵 「石井源治郎」十三代目市村羽左衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1858 (Ansei 5), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Daikokuya Heikichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban pentaptych; 35.8 x 124.7 cm (14 1/8 x 49 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.42143a-e

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29500VR (11.29500, 11.29908, 11.29909, 11.29910, 11.39037), 11.42143a-e

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Horse 2
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take (on left sheet only)

改印:午二
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