Actors Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Dance Teacher (Odori no shishô) Okino (inset), and musician Kishizawa Koshikibu IV (R); Nakamura Fukusuke I as Hanamigaeri no Tomoyakko (C); Arashi Hinasuke VII as Kobunenori Koroku, and musician Mochizuki Bokusei (L)

「踊の師匠おきの」三代目沢村田之助、四代目岸沢古式部 「花見帰の供奴」初代中村福助 「小船乗小六」七代目嵐雛助、太左衛門改望月朴清

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 73.8 cm (14 x 29 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44327a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.21924 (left sheet only), 11.44327a-c (complete triptych)

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Shiki Bundai Nagori no Hana
Play (main feature): Chûshin Akatsuki no Tori
Theater: Morita

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 5 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take (on right and left sheets)

改印:申五改
彫師:彫竹

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