Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Tekomae Koma (R), Onoe Kikugorô V as Kanabôhiki Ume (C), and Sawamura Tosshô II as Keigen Kokino (L)

「手子前駒 中村芝翫」(四代目)  「鉄棒引梅 尾上菊五郎」(五代目)  「敬言固紀の 沢村訥升」(二代目)

Japanese
Meiji era
about 1879 (Meiji 12)
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Ôhashiya Yashichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.16150, 11.16163, 11.16357

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.16150 (left), 11.16163 (right), 11.16357 (center)

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on right and left sheets)
国周筆

Markings

No blockcutter's mark

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