Actors Seki Sanjûrô III as Ômi Kotôda Shigeie (R) and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Hachiman no Saburô Yukiuji (L)

「近江小藤太成家」三代目関三十郎 「八幡ノ三郎行氏」初代中村福助

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.3 x 50.3 cm (13 7/8 x 19 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40820a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Toshitoku Soga Matsu no Shimadai
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 1
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、巳正
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