Actors Nakamura Nakazô I as Guan Yu (Kan'u) (R), Matsumoto Kôshirô IV as Liu Bei (Ryûbi) (C), and Ôtani Hiroji III as Zhang Fei (Chôhi) (L)

初代中村仲蔵の関羽  四代目松本幸四郎  三代目大谷広次の張飛

Japanese
Edo period
1783 (Tenmei 3)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 013-0167 (R), 013-0166 (C), 013-0164 (L) (no date)

Dimensions

Hosoban triptych; 29.4 x 41 cm (11 9/16 x 16 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.18249, 11.18258, 11.18259

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.18249 (center), 11.18258 (left), 11.18259 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.18250 (right sheet only), 11.18249VR (11.18249, 11.18258, 11.18259; complete triptych)

Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Shun'ei ga (on each sheet)
春英画

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