Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Shimobe Sarujirô (R), Bandô Kamezô I as Kojigoku Tarô, and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Nagoya Sannosuke (L)

「下部猿次郎 中村芝翫」(四代目) 「小地獄太郎 坂東亀蔵」(初代)、「名古屋山之助 河原崎権十郎」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Masakichi (Hori Masa) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.1 x 48.7 cm (13 13/16 x 19 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22352-3

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.22352 (left), 11.22353 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.22352-3, 11.40857a-b

Play: Chiyo no Haru Tosa-e no Saya-ate
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 3 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Matsushima Hori Masa

改印:酉三改
彫師:松島彫政

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