Actors Segawa Kikunojô V (R) and Nakamura Shikan I (L) as the Spirits of Mandarin Ducks (Oshidori no sei)

「おし鳥の精 瀬川菊之丞」 (五代目)  「おし鳥の精 中村芝翫」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1818 (Bunka 15/Bunsei 1), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Matsumura Tatsuemon (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 101-6483 (R), 101-6484 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 38 x 51.7 cm (14 15/16 x 20 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.40740a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Imose-dori Sugata no Masayume
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)

五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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