Actors Nakamura Utaemon III as Miiri Yoshimaru (R), Arashi Rikan II as Hôzô Tarô (C), and Nakamura Matsue III as Iwaimasu-hime (L)

「見入由丸 中村歌右衛門」(三代目)  「宝歳太郎 嵐璃寛」(二代目)  「いわ井升姫 中村松江」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1832 (Tenpô 3), 1st month
Artist Ganjôsai Kunihiro (Japanese, active about 1815–1843), Publisher Tenmaya Kihei (Tenki) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 99; Kitagawa et al 2006, #27; Schwaab, Osaka Prints (1989), #134

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.2 × 73.9 cm (14 1/4 × 29 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.36034a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Imaginary performance (mitate).
According to Schwaab, this triptych “is actually a New Year’s composition that does not reflect an actual performance. The role names all represent auspicious things…” (p. 144).
 見立

Signed

Ôju Kunihiro ga (on each sheet)
応需国広画

Markings

Blockcutter's mark
Printer'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: January 19, 2005)

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