Actors Onoe Kikugorô IV as Ashikaga Yorikane (R) and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Kinugawa Tanizô (L)

「足利頼兼」四代目尾上菊五郎 「絹川谷蔵」五代目坂東彦三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 9th month and 1857 (Ansei 4), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Daikokuya Kinnosuke (Kinjirô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.8 x 50 cm (14 1/8 x 19 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40825a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki
Theater: Ichimura

The right sheet of the diptych was recycled, without any alterations, from an 1855 production of Konoshita Kage Masago no Date-zome, in which the same actor had played the same role.

For a similar case of recycling by the same publisher, see 11.21569-70 and11.44296a-c.

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 9 (on right sheet); aratame, Snake 10 (on left sheet)
No blockcutter's mark

改印(右):改、卯九
改印(左):改、巳十
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