Actors Nakamura Aizô I as the Footman (Yakko) Aihei, Sawamura Tosshô II as Soga Jûrô Sukenari (R), Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Kudô Saemon Suketsune (C), and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Soga Gorô Tokimune (L)

「奴あい平」初代中村相蔵、「曽我十郎祐成」二代目沢村訥升 「工藤左衛門祐つね」八代目片岡仁左衛門 「曽我五郎時宗」初代中村福助

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 76.2 cm (14 3/16 x 30 in.)

Accession Number

11.44284a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Toshitoku Soga Matsu no Shimadai
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 1
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、巳正
彫師:なし

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