Actors Seki Sanjûrô III as Kongara-bô, Arashi Kichisaburô III as Seitakabô (R), and Bandô Shûka I as the Shirabyôshi Dancer Hanako (L)

「こんから坊」三代目関三十郎、「せいたか坊」三代目嵐吉三郎 「白拍子花子」初代坂東しうか

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), intercalary 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsujiya Yasubei (Japanese), Blockcutter Tsuge Shôjirô (Hori Shôji) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36 x 50 cm (14 3/16 x 19 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43832a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.43832a-b, 11.43880a-b

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Kyôganoko Musume Dôjô-ji
Play (main feature): Sumidagawa Tsui no Kaga-mon
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Rat intercalary
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Shôjirô (on right sheet)

改印:福、村松、子閏
彫師:彫工庄次郎

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