Actors Nakamura Tsuruzô I as Onnadayû Otora, Onoe Kikujirô II as Onnadayû Okoyo (R), Onoe Kikugorô IV as Akogi Genzaburô (C), and Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Setta Naoshi Chôgorô (L)

「女太夫おとら」初代中村鶴蔵、「女太夫おこよ」二代目尾上菊次郎  「阿古木源三郎」四代目尾上菊五郎  「雪駄直し長五郎」四代目坂東彦三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.2 x 75.3 cm (14 5/8 x 29 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.21293-5

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.21293 (left), 11.21294 (right), 11.21295 (center)

Advance publicity for a play that opened at the Ichimura Theater in the 3rd month of 1856, with a slightly different cast:

Play (second feature): Yume Musubu Chô ni Torioi
Play (main feature): Tsuru wa Chitose Suehiro Soga
Theater: Ichimura
夢結蝶鳥追(ゆめむすぶちょうにとりおい)
鶴松扇曽我(つるはちとせすえひろそが)
市村、二番目
 1856、安政03

安政3年3月市村座「夢結蝶鳥追」を想定したものであるが、実際の配役・座組とは異なるため予定稿と思われる。

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 12
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、卯十二
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