Actors Nakamura Karoku I as the Daughter (Musume) Okoma (R), Arashi Rikan II as Oguri Hankan Kaneuji (C), and Iwai Shijaku I as Kohagi, actually Terute no Mae (L)

「娘おこま 中村歌六」(初代)  「小栗半官兼氏 嵐璃寛」(二代目)  「小萩実は照手前 岩井紫若」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1833 (Tenpô 4), 1st month
Artist Shunbaisai Hokuei (Japanese, active about 1824–1837, died 1837), Publisher Shôhonya Seishichi (Honsei) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 100; Keyes, PMA cat. (1973), #160 (two left sheets only, no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.6 x 77.5 cm (14 13/16 x 30 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.35217-9

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.35217 (right), 11.35218 (center), 11.35219 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.35217-9 (complete), 11.38793 (center sheet only; color variation)

Play: Himekurabe Futaba Ezôshi
Theater: Naka
姫競双葉絵草紙(ひめくらべふたばえぞうし)
 中

Signed

Shunkôsai Hokuei ga (on each sheet)
春江斎北英画

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: August 3, 1911)

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