Actors Nakamura Utaemon III as the Footman (Yakko) Yakanbei (R), Sawamura Kunitarô II as the Fox (Kitsune) Kuzunoha (C), and Arashi Rikan II as the Footman (Yakko) Yokanbei (L)

「奴やかん平 中村歌右衛門」(三代目)  「狐くづの葉 沢村国太郎」(二代目)  「奴与かん平 嵐璃寛」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1), 9th month


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 98; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #142

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.7 x 76.5 cm (14 13/16 x 30 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.36204a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.36203 (center sheet only), 11.36204a-c (complete triptych)

Play: Ashiya Dôman Ôuchi Kagami
Theater: Kado
芦屋道満大内鑑(あしやどうまんおおうちかがみ)
 角

Signed

Gyokuryûtei Shigeharu ga (on each sheet)
玉柳亭重春画

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: 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