Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Noto no kami Noritsune (R), Iwai Shijaku I as the Ghost of Tokushi (Tokushi no bôrei) (C), and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as the Pilgrim (Junrei) Jirosaku, Actually (Jitsu wa) Shigetada (L)

「能登守範経 中村歌右衛門」(四代目)  「徳子の方霊 岩井杜若」(初代)  「順礼次郎作実ハ重忠 市村羽左衛門」(十二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1838 (Tenpô 9), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Moriya Jihei (Kinshindô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.7 x 73.9 cm (14 1/16 x 29 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.43441a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Gin Sekai Ikigoto no Kaomise
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)

五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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