Actors Sawamura Tosshô II as Hangan Yoshitsune (R), Iwai Shijaku II as Shizuka (C), and Nakamura Shikan IV as Fox (Kitsune) Tadanobu (L)

「判官義経」二代目訥升九郎  「しづか」二代目岩井紫若   「狐忠信」四代目中村芝翫

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Fusatane (Japanese, active 1854–1888), Publisher Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.6 x 74.5 cm (14 x 29 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36960a-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: 11.25072VR (11.25072, 11.40131, C and R sheets respectively), 11.36960a-c (complete triptych)

Play: Ichinomori Kujira no Ôyose
Theater: Morita
一守九字成大漁(いちのもりくじらのおおよせ)
 守田

Signed

Fusatane ga (on each sheet)
房種画

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 7 aratame
Blockcutter's marks: Horikô Chô (on right and center sheets), Hori Chô (on left sheet)
改印:卯七改
彫師:彫工長 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