Actors Onoe Kikugorô IV as Kan Shôjô (R), Bandô Hikosaburô V as Sukune Tarô, Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Kakujuni (C), and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Hangandai Terukuni (L)

「菅丞相」四代目尾上菊五郎 「直根太郎」五代目坂東彦三郎、「覚寿尼」四代目市川 小団次 「判官代照国」初代河原崎権十郎

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


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37 x 75.1 cm (14 9/16 x 29 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44281a-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: 11.29569-71, 11.44281a-c

Play: Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami
Theater: Ichimura
菅原伝授手習鑑(すがわらでんじゅてならいかがみ)
市村
 1857、安政04

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 9
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、巳九
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