Actors Onoe Baikô IV as Kôshôjo, Nakamura Utaroku I as Rishinjo (R), Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Abe no Nakamaro (C), Ichikawa Tsutanosuke as Mangetsumaru, and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Haguri Yoshimitsu (L)

「降昌女」四代目尾上梅幸、「李清女」初代中村歌六 「安倍ノ仲麿」四代目市川小団次 「満月丸」市川蔦之助、「羽栗吉満」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 74.3 cm (14 x 29 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.44048a-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: 11.29181 (left sheet only), 11.44048a-c

Play: Kin’u Gyokuto Wakoku no Irifune
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、渡辺、シタ売
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