Actors Sawamura Tosshô II as En'ya Hangan (R) and Sawamura Tanosuke III as Ôboshi Rikiya (L)

「塩谷判官」二代目沢村訥升  「大星力弥」三代目沢村田之助

Japanese
Edo period
1866 (Keiô 2), 9th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Shimizuya Naojirô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych

Accession Number

11.41558a-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: 11.39875a-b, 11.41558a-b

Based on a slightly earlier design, with a plain background and different actors: 11.39862a-b, 11.41630a-b

Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura
Theater: Nakamura
仮名手本忠臣蔵(かなでほんちゅうしんぐら)
 中村

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet)
国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Tiger 9 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:寅九改
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