Actors Onoe Kikugorô IV as Iinazuke Ohana (R) and Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Ukiyo Kara no Hanshichi (L)

「言号お花」四代目尾上菊五郎 「浮世からの半七」八代目片岡仁左衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 101-3027 (R), 101-3028 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.8 x 49.1 cm (14 1/8 x 19 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40834a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Possibly two left sheets of a triptych, with 11.40756 as the right sheet.

Play (second feature): Somekaete Ukiyo no Edozuma
Play (main feature): Yoshitsune Senbon-zakura
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 7 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:未七改
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