Actors Nakamura Ganpachi I as Okujochû Itamino, Iwai Kumesaburô III as Heyagata Hatsu (R), Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Tsubone Iwafuji (C), Ichikawa Dannosuke V as Chûrô Onoe, and Ôtani Tokuji II as Okujochû Sugatami (L)

「奥女中いたみの」初代中村鴈八、「部屋かた初」三代目岩井粂三郎 「局岩藤」八代目片岡仁左衛門 「中老尾のへ」五代目市川団之助、「奥女中姿美」二代目大谷徳次

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sagamiya Tôkichi (Ai-To) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.1 x 75.4 cm (14 3/16 x 29 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44291a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kinryûzan Chimoto no Hatsuhana
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 2
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、巳二
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