Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Yahei Hyôe Munekiyo (R) and Sawamura Tanosuke III as Tokiwa Gozen (L)

「弥平兵衛宗清 河原崎権十郎」(初代)  「常盤御前 沢村田之助」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kagiya Shôbei (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôta Komakichi (Hori Koma, Hori Tashichi) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36 x 48.5 cm (14 3/16 x 19 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.40910a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.40909a-b, 11.40910a-b

Play (Jôruri): Misao no Ya-byôbu
Play (main feature): Konoshitakage Hazama Kassen
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Toyokuni rô hitsu (on each sheet)

豊国老筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 10 aratame
Blockcutter's marks: Hori Ôta Tashichi (on right sheet), Hori Tashichi (on left sheet)

改印:亥十改
彫師:彫太田多七、彫多七

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