Actors Nakamura Jakuemon I as Neko Ikkaku, Onoe Tamizô II as Inumura Kakutarô (R), and Arashi Rikaku II as Inukai Genpachi (L)

「猫一角 中むら雀右衛門」(初代)、「犬むら角太郎 尾上見美蔵」(二代目)  「犬飼現八 嵐璃珏」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 1st month
Artist Isshusai Kunikazu (Japanese, active about 1848–1868)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hockley, Public Spectacles, Personal Pleasures (2006), #39; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #549

Dimensions

Vertical chûban diptych; 25.7 x 37.8 cm (10 1/8 x 14 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.41981a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Actually two right sheets of incomplete triptych.

MFA impressions: 11.20659-60, 11.35801a-b, 11.41981a-b

Play: Keisei Yatsu no Hanafusa
Theater: Kado

Signed

Kunikazu (on left sheet)

国員

Markings

Artist's seal: Kunikazu (on left sheet)

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