Actors Nakamura Shibajaku I as the Servant (Shimobe) Yodohei (R), Kataoka Gadô II as Seigen Dôshin (C), and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Sakura-hime (L)

「下部淀平」初代中村芝雀 「清玄道心」二代目片岡我童 「さくらひめ」三代目岩井粂三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Tsuge Shôjirô (Hori Shôji) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 38 x 75.6 cm (14 15/16 x 29 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.44186a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Hana Butai Banjaku Soga
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 2
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shôji

改印:改、卯二
彫師:彫庄治

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