Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as the Spirit of a Male Butterfly (Ochô no sei) (R) and Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Spirit of a Female Butterfly (Mechô no sei) (L)

「雄蝶の精」四代目中村芝翫 「雌蝶の精」三代目沢村田之助

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.5 x 49.1 cm (14 x 19 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.29879-80

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.29879 (left), 11.29880 (right)

Play: Katakiuchi Amanohashidate
Dance number: Kikkôden Goshiki no Kumiito
Theater: Morita
復讐天橋立(かたきうちあまのはしだて)
乞巧奠五色の☆(きっこうでんごしきのくみいと)、常磐津、清元、長唄
雄蝶の精(おちょうのせい)
 守田、二番目大切

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 7 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:申七改
彫師: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: 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