Actors Nakamura Kamenojô I as Kusumi, Onoe Kikujirô II as Naginoha Gozen (R), Ichikawa Kuzô III as Kobayashi Asahina, Bandô Mitsugorô VI as Usami (C), Sawamura Tosshô II as Ichimanmaru, and Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Hakoômaru (L)

「久須美 中村歌女之丞」(初代)、「なぎの葉御前 尾上菊次郎」(二代目)   「小林朝比奈 市川九蔵」(三代目)、「うさみ 坂東三津五郎」(六代目)   「一万丸 沢村訥升」(二代目)、「箱王丸 市村家橘」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Masakichi (Hori Masa) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-1845 (R), 100-1846 (C), 100-1847 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.38762a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (second feature): Sandai Banashi Kôza no Shinsaku
Play (main feature): Chô Chidori Suma no Kumiuchi
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 2 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Matsushima Hori Masa

改印:亥二改
彫師:松島彫政

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