Actors Sawamura Tanosuke III as a Geisha, actually the Female Jiraiya (Onna Jiraiya) (R), and Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Orochimaru (Disguised as the) Boatman (Sendô) Tatsu (L)

「芸や女房 実ハ女児雷也」三代目沢村田之助  「大蛇丸船頭辰」四代目市村家橘

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 1st month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Iseya Rihei (Kinjudô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôta Komakichi (Hori Koma, Hori Tashichi) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 101-1359 (R), 101-1360 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych

Accession Number

11.41559a-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: 11.41559a-b, 11.41637a-b

Play: Keisei Soga Kuruwa Kagami
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet)

国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Ôta Hori Koma

改印:卯正改
彫師:太田彫駒

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