Actors Seki Sanjûrô II as Kamiya Niemon (R) and Onoe Kikugorô III from Kamigata (Kudari) as the Lantern Ghost, Applauded throughout the Three Cities (Sanganotsu gohyôban no chôchin no yûrei) (L)

「神谷仁右衛門 関三十郎」(二代目) 「三ヶの津御評判のちやうちんのゆうれゐ 下り尾上菊五郎」(三代目) 「当秋狂言大入叶 俗名お岩大評判」

Japanese
Edo period
1831 (Tenpô 2), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Moritaya Hanzô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.8 x 48.8 cm (14 1/8 x 19 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40700a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Tôkaidô Yotsuya Kaidan
Theater: Ichimura

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