Actors Onoe Kikugorô IV as the Female Palanquin Bearer (Onna modorikago) Azuma no Oyoshi, Nakamura Tsuruzô I as Dôtetsu Hôin (R), Onoe Kikujirô II as the Female Palanquin Bearer Nanba no Oume, and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Shimada Jûzaburô (L)

「女戻りかご吾妻のおよし」四代目尾上菊五郎、「道哲法印」初代中村鶴蔵 「女戻りかご難波のお梅」二代目尾上菊次郎、「島田十三郎」初代中村福助

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Uoya Eikichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36 x 49.4 cm (14 3/16 x 19 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43726a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Hana Kurabe Iro ni Aikata
Play (main feature): Konoshita Kage Masago no Date-zome
Thearer: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 9
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印: 改、卯九
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