Actors Nakamura Kantarô as Kanshôbô, Bandô Kamezô I as Heizenbô (R), Nakamura Komajûrô I as a Stagehand (Kôken), Nakamura Shikan IV as a Kyôgen Master (Kyôgenshi) (C), Ichikawa Ichizô III as Chôshôbô, and Nakamura Momosa II as Momoshirobô (L)

「翫升坊 中村翫太郎」、「平善坊 坂東亀蔵」(初代)  「後見 中村駒十郎」(初代)、「狂言師 中村芝翫」(四代目)  「蝶升坊 市川市蔵」(三代目)、「桃白坊 中村桃三」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 9th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Etsuka (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41858a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Theater: Morita

Signed

Kunichika ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 9 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô
改印:亥九改
彫師:片田彫長

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