Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I as Fuwa Banzaemon and an Evil Influence (Akudama) (R), Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Shinzô Kakitsu (C), and Bandô Takesaburô I as Nagoya Sanza and a Good Influence (Zendama) (L)

「不波伴左衛門」・悪玉 初代中村福助  「新造家橘」十三代目市村羽左衛門  「名古屋山三」・善玉 初代坂東竹三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Maruya Jinpachi (Marujin, Enjudô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 34.8 x 74.5 cm (13 11/16 x 29 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44187a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Sanpukutsui Kabuki no Irodori
Scene: Kankatsu Saya-ate, Zendama Akudama
Play (main feature): Gonin Otoko Ikiji no Tateire
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 5
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:改、卯五
彫師:彫竹

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