Actors Onoe Kikugorô III as Nagoya Sanza (R), Iwai Kumesaburô II as the Courtesan Katsuragi (C), and Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Fuwa Banzaemon (L)

三代目尾上菊五郎の名古屋山三  二代目岩井粂三郎の傾城かつらぎ  七代目市川団十郎の不波伴左衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1827 (Bunsei 10), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

Keyes, Surimono (Spencer Museum cat., 1984), cat. no. 145, pl. 38 (left sheet only)

Dimensions

Shikishiban triptych; 21 x 55.1 cm (8 1/4 x 21 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.26726-8

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.26726 (center), 11.26727 (right), 11.26728 (left)

Play: Ôichiza Soga no Shimadai
Theater: Kawarazaki

Poem on L sheet translated in Keyes 1984, p. 98.
群曽我島台(おおいちざそがのしまだい)
 河原崎

Inscription

Poem by Ryûôtei Hananari (L): Tsuki no kao/ mimasugoshi ni/ yoru yoru mo/ tamoto ni tsukete/ kayou umegaka

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)
五渡亭国貞画

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: August 3, 1911)

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