Actors Nakamura Nakazô I as the Footman (Yakko) Edohei (R) and Ichikawa Danjûrô V as the Footman (Yakko) Ippei (L)

初代中村仲蔵の奴江戸兵衛  五代目市川団十郎の奴一平

Japanese
Edo period
1781 (An'ei 10/Tenmei 1), intercalary 5th month
Artist Katsukawa Shunkô (Japanese, 1743–1812)


Dimensions

Hosoban diptych; 31.8 x 27.8 cm (12 1/2 x 10 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.18404-5

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.18404 (right), 11.18405 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.18404-5 (complete diptych), RES.54.175 (right sheet only, corresponding to 11.18404)

Play: Koi Nyôbô Somewake Tazuna
Theater: Nakamura

Playbill (tsuji banzuke) for this performance: 11.27342, 11.28503
恋女房染分手綱(こいにょうぼうそめわけたづな)
 中村

Signed

Shunkô ga (on each sheet)
春好画

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