Actors Sawamura Sojûrô V as Shiba Saemon (R), Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Tsukimoto Enshû, Onoe Kikugorô III in an unidentified role (C), and Onoe Kikugorô III as Tenjiku Kaja (L)

「 斯波右エ門」五代目沢村宗十郎  「月本遠州 」十二代目市村 羽左衛門  「天竺冠者」三代目尾上菊五郎

Japanese
Edo period
1847 (Kôka 4), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Iseya Ichibei (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 34.8 x 73.7 cm (13 11/16 x 29 in.)

Accession Number

11.38496a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Onoe Kikugorô Ichidai Banashi
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)

一勇斎国芳画

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