Actors Nakamura Tomijûrô II as Tsumekoto (R), Arashi Rikan II as Gen Sanmi Yorimasa (C), and Nakamura Karoku I as Ayame no Mae (L)

「爪琴 中村富十郎」(二代目)  「源三位頼政 嵐璃寛」(二代目)  「あやめの前 中村歌六」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1836 (Tenpô 6), 8th month
Artist Shunbaisai Hokuei (Japanese, active about 1824–1837, died 1837), Publisher Shôhonya Seishichi (Honsei) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 102; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #385 (this sheet not illustrated)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.3 x 75.8 cm (14 11/16 x 29 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.35214-6

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.35214 (right), 11.35215 (center), 11.35216 (left)

Play: Yorimasa Nue Monogatari
Theater: Naka
頼政鵺物語
 中

Signed

Shunbaisai Hokuei ga (on each sheet)
春梅斎北英画

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