Actors Onoe Kikujirô II as as Akoya, Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Iwanaga Munetsura (R), and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Kagekiyo (L)

「阿古屋」二代目尾上菊次郎、「岩永宗連」四代目市川小団次  「景清」八代目市川団十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.38368a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Hatsumoto Yui Soga no Kyôdai
Theater: Kawarazaki
初元結曽我鏡台(はつもとゆいそがのきょうだい)
 河原崎

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome
No blockcutter's mark
改印:浜、馬込
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