Actors Kawarazaki Gonjurô I as the Bandit (Tôzoku) Saikoku Tarô (R) and Bandô Hikosaburô V as the Courier (Hikyaku) Otohei (L)

「盗賊西国太郎 河原崎権十郎」 (初代) 「飛脚音平 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1866 (Keiô 2), 2nd month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Izutsuya Shôkichi, Japanese, Blockcutter Watanabe Eizô (Hori Ei) (Japanese, 1833–1901)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 101-5696 (R), 101-5697 (C), 101-5698 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.3 x 48.7 cm (14 5/16 x 19 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.41575a-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: 11.41575a-b (two right sheets only), 11.41780a-c (complete triptych)

Play: Yagura Daiko Oto mo Yoshiwara
Theater: Ichimura
櫓太鼓鳴音吉原(やぐらだいこおともよしわら)
 市村

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet)
国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Tiger 2 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ei
改印:寅二改
彫師:彫栄

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