Actors Nakamura Matsue III as Shizuka no Mae (R), Nakamura Utaemon III as Fox (Kitsune) Tadanobu, and Asao Kunizô I as Hayami Tôta (L)

「しづかのまへ 中村松江」(三代目中村松江の静の前)  「狐忠信 中村歌右衛門」(三代目)、「速見藤太 浅尾国蔵」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1820 (Bunsei 3), 3rd month
Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832), Publisher Shôhonya Seishichi (Honsei) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 89; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #081; Schwaab, Osaka Prints (1989), #26; Keyes, PMA cat. (1973), #215 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37.8 x 50.9 cm (14 7/8 x 20 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.35441-2

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.35441 (right), 11.35442 (left)

Play: Yoshitsune Senbon-zakura
Theater: Kado
文政3年3月、大坂、角の芝居「義経千本桜(よしつねせんぼんざくら)」の二段目最初の「伏見稲荷(ふしみいなり)」の場。「鳥居前」とも呼ばれるこの場を象徴して鳥居の柱が描かれている。なお芝居では静御前(しずかごぜん)と呼ぶのが一般的である。
藤太が静を襲うところへ忠信が助けにあらわれる。忠信の姿には火焔隈(かえんくま)、化粧襷(けしょうだすき)、菱川(ひしかわ)の鬘(かつら)といった荒事のエッセンスがつまっている。 – 武藤 純子K

Signed

Shunkôsai Hokushû ga (on each sheet)
春好斎北洲画

Markings

画家の印章: なし
版元: 本屋清七
改印: 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: 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