Actors Onoe Kikugorô IV as Hanji's Wife (Nyôbô) Kumasaka Ochô (R), Bandô Kamezô I as Settanaoshi Chôgorô (C), and Nakamura Kamenojô I as Oteru, Daughter of the Yamazakiya (Yamazakiya musume Oteru) (L)

「半次女房熊坂お長」四代目尾上菊五郎 「せつた直し長五郎」初代坂東亀蔵 「山崎屋娘おてる」初代中村歌女之丞

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Daikokuya Heikichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 34.5 x 75.1 cm (13 9/16 x 29 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44170a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (second feature): Yume Musubu Chô ni Torioi
Play (main feature): Tsuru wa Chitose Suehiro Soga
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 12
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:改、卯十二
彫師:彫竹

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