Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Tadanobu Rihei (R); Iwai Kumesaburô III as Akaboshi Jûza and Nakamura Shikan IV as Nangô Rikimaru (C); 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) 「赤星十三 岩井粂三郎」(三代目)、「南郷力丸 中村芝翫」(四代目) 「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 Kiya Sôjirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû II (2010), #73

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.8 x 73.9 cm (14 1/2 x 29 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.36800a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.36800a-c, 11.39887a-c, 11.39888a-c

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: Hori Kane (on right and center sheets), Koizumi Hori Kane (on left sheet)

改印:戌二改
彫師:彫兼 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