Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I as Miyagi Asojirô, Seki Sanjûrô III as Fujiya Tokuemon (R), and Onoe Kikujirô II as the Blind Minstrel (Goze) Asagao (L)

「宮城阿曽次郎」初代中村福助、「藤屋徳右衛門」三代目関三十郎  「瞽女朝皃」二代目尾上菊次郎

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Aritaya Seiemon (Japanese), Blockcutter Sugawa Sennosuke (Hori Sennosuke) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.3 x 48.6 cm (13 7/8 x 19 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.43733a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Asagao Monogatari
Play: Torimazete Mitate Kendai
Theater: Ichimura
蕣物語(あさがおものがたり)
機臨衆目視歌案(とりまぜてみたてけんだい)
市村
 1855、安政02

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: Hori Sen
改印:改、卯七
彫師:ホリ千

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