Actors Nakamura Shikan II as Nagoya Sanza (R), Mimasu Gennosuke I as the Retainer (Shimobe) Shikazô (C), and Seki Sanjûrô II as Fuwa Banzaemon (L)

「名古屋山三 中村芝翫」(二代目)  「下部鹿蔵 三枡源之助」(初代)  「不破伴左衛門 関三十郎」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1833 (Tenpô 4), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kawaguchiya Shôzô (Shôeidô, Eisendô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.9 x 76.4 cm (14 15/16 x 30 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38531a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Sakuradoki Hana no Yoshiwara
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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