Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Moronao in the Introduction (Daijo), Ichikawa Sadanji I as Hangan in the Third Act (Sandanme), and Ichikawa Danjurô IX as Honzô in the Second Act (Nidanme), in the Hit Opening Performance (Hatsubutai atari kaomise)

「初舞台当顔見勢」「大序 師直 中村芝翫」(四代目)、「三段目 判官 市川左団次」(初代)、「二段目 本蔵 市川団十郎」(九代目)

Japanese
Meiji era
about 1872 (Meiji 5)
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-1274 (no date); a triptych possibly from the same series: Asai, Kinsei nishiki-e sesôshi 3 (1935), pp. 142-3.

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.41597

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Right sheet of incomplete triptych.

Signed

Kunichika hitsu
国周筆

Markings

No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
No publisher's mark
改印:なし
彫師:なし
版元: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: 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