Actors Sawamura Tosshô II as Hanabusa Mondo (R), Onoe Kikugorô V as the Ghost of Iwafuji (C), Iwai Hanshirô VIII as Onoe II, Formerly Ohatsu, and Nakamura Juzaburô as Hanabusa Motome (L)

「花房主水 沢村訥升」(二代目)  「局岩藤亡魂 尾上菊五郎」(五代目)  「二代尾上 岩井半四郎」(八代目)、「花房求女 中村寿三郎」

Japanese
Meiji era
1873 (Meiji 6), April
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Yorozuya Magobei (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41797a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Ume Yanagi Sakura no Kagazome
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Toyohara Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet)

豊原国周筆

Markings

No censor's seal
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô

改印:なし
彫師:片田彫長

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