Actors Nakamura Daikichi III as Tokubei's Wife (Nyôbô) Ofusa (R), Arashi Rikan III as Nakano Shôzaburô (C), and Kataoka Gadô II as Hanaya Tokubei (L)

「徳兵衛女房おふさ」 三代目中村大吉  「中野正三郎」 三代目嵐璃寛  「花屋徳兵衛」 二代目片岡我童

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Hori Sashichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.1 x 76.2 cm (14 3/16 x 30 in.)

Accession Number

11.44183a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Soga Moyô Kameyama-zome
Theater: Kawarazaki
蝶鵆亀山染(そがもようかめやまぞめ)
河原崎
 1855、安政02、07・26

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 7
Blockcutter's mark: Sashichi koku
改印:改、卯七
彫師:佐七刻

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