Actors Onoe Kikujirô II as Ariwara Narihira and Seki Sanjûrô III as Bun'ya Yasuhide

「在原業平」二代目尾上菊次郎、「文屋康秀」三代目関三十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kogaya Katsugorô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.8 x 25.3 cm (14 1/2 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44685

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Imaginary performance (mitate).

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga

応需 豊国画(年玉印)

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Kinugasa
No blockcutter's mark

改印:浜、衣笠
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