Actors Nakamura Enjaku as Deshi Nitchô and Bandô Mitsugorô VI as Deshi Nichizô (R); Ichikawa Danzô VI as Taijin, actually Nichiren Shônin (C); and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Nanazato-hime (L)

「弟子日朝」中村延雀 「弟子日像」六代坂東三津五郎、「大尽実ハ日蓮上人」 六代市川団蔵、「七里姫」 初代中村福助

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Daikokuya Heikichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.7 x 73.8 cm (14 1/16 x 29 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.29274, 11.29362, 11.29369

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.29274 (left), 11.29362 (center), 11.29369 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.29274VR (11.29274, 11.29362, 11.29369), 11.40103a-c

Play (shosa, finale of Part 1): Koi Tsumoru Minori no Yamakaze
Play (main feature): Toki ni Minna Minobu no Goriyaku
Theater: Morita

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 8
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、巳八
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: 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