Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as the Dance Teacher (Odorishinan) Shinonome (R), Kawarazaki Kunitarô I as the Living Ghost (Ikiryô) of Akogi (C), Iwai Shijaku II as Tasogare, and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Ashikaga Mitsuuji (L)

「踊指南しのゝめ 河原崎権十郎」(初代) 「阿古木の生霊 河原崎国太郎」(初代) 「たそがれ 岩井紫若」(二代目) 「足利光氏 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.17331-3

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.17331 (center), 11.17332 (left), 11.17333 (right)

Signed

Kunisada ga (on right and left sheets), Baichôrô Kunisada ga (on center sheet)

国貞画 梅蝶楼国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 10 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô

改印:子十改
彫師:片田彫長

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: August 3, 1911)

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