Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Tadanobu Rihei, Nakamura Shikan IV as Nangô RIkimaru, Iwai Kumesaburô III as Akaboshi Jûza (R), Seki Sanjûrô III as Nippondaemon, and Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Benten Kozô Kikunosuke (L)

「忠信利平 河原崎権十郎」(初代)、「南郷力丸 中村芝翫」(四代目)、「赤星十三 岩井粂三郎」(三代目) 「日本駄右衛門 関三十郎」(三代目)、「弁天子僧菊之介 市村羽左衛門」(十三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kuniaki II (Japanese, 1835–1888), Publisher Etsuka (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôta Komakichi (Hori Koma, Hori Tashichi) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.1 x 50.5 cm (14 3/16 x 19 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.36793a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Aoto Zôshi Hana no Nishiki-e
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Kuniaki ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

国明画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 2 aratame
Blockcutter's marks: Ôta Hori Koma (on right sheet), Hori Koma (on left sheet)

改印:戌二改
彫師:太田彫駒 彫駒

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