Actors Nakamura Utaemon III as Oniô Shinzaemon and Bandô Mitsugorô III as Kobayashi Asahina

三代目中村歌右衛門の鬼王新左衛門、三代目坂東三津五郎の小林朝比奈

Japanese
Edo period
about 1819 (Bunsei 2)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #188; Rijksmuseum cat. IV, Hiroshige and the Utagawa School (1984), #122

Dimensions

Shikishiban, left sheet of triptych; 20.9 x 18.5 cm (8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.1945

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From a set of five prints showing ten actors in Soga Brothers roles, commissioned by the Hisakataya poetry club.
Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 307.

Inscription

Poem by Amanoya Wakashiba: Wakamizu no/ tsurube futatsu ni/ tsukisoete/ magokoro fukaki/ kurumai no tsuna

Poem by Hisakataya: Hana kakaru/ tokoro o shibashi/ Ise ebi no/ hige ga tometaru/ kado no hagonoko

「天の屋若芝 若水の釣瓶ふたつに付添てまこゝろ深き車井の綱」「久堅屋 飛かゝる所をしはし伊勢海老の髭かとめたる門のはこの子」

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga

五渡亭国貞画

Provenance

January 1900, purchased at the Brinkley-Condor Sale by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Accession Date: January 9, 1900)

Credit Line

General Funds