Actors Onoe Kikujirô II as Lady-in-waiting (Jijo) Tamakazura, Iwai Kumesaburô III as Ashikaga Jirô no kimi (R), and Bandô Takesaburô I as Ashikaga Yoshihisa (L), with musicians

「侍女玉葛」二代目尾上菊次郎、「足利治郎君」三代目岩井粂三郎 「足利義尚」初代坂東竹三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 8th month


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.4 x 50.1 cm (14 5/16 x 19 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.43920a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29546-7, 11.43920a-b

Play: Higashiyama Sakura Zôshi
Theater: Nakamura
東山桜荘子(ひがしやまさくらぞうし)
花桂照楓奏(はなかつらてりはのひとさし) 富本、長唄
 中村

Signed

Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)
香蝶楼豊国画 一陽斎豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、渡辺、シタ売
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