Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Hôsaku (R), Bandô Shûka I as Shirayû (C), and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Asamaru (L)

「法作」四代目中村歌右衛門  「白ゆふ」初代坂東しうか  「阿沙丸」十二代目市村羽左衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Moritoku (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #43; Kuniyoshi Project db

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 x 73.5 cm (14 1/8 x 28 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38483a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kotoba no Hana Momiji no Yozakari
Theater: Ichimura

詞花紅成盛(ことばのはなもみじのよざかり)
市村
 1849、嘉永02、08・02

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、村田
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: 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