Actors Onoe Kikugorô IV as Kumasaka Ochô (R) and Bandô Hikosaburô V as the Female Groom (Onna mago) Ushiwaka Oyoshi (L)

「熊坂お長」四代目尾上菊五郎 「女馬士牛若およし」五代目坂東彦三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Fujiokaya Keijirô (Shôrindô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36 x 49.6 cm (14 3/16 x 19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.29041, 11.40410

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.29041 (left sheet), 11.40410 (right sheet)

Play: 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, Dragon 1
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、辰正
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: 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