Actors Seki Sanjûrô III as Sasa no Sangobei (R), Iwai Kumesaburô III as Geisha Koman (C), and Kataoka Gadô II as Satsuma Gengobei (L)

右から 「笹の三五兵衛」三代目関三十郎 「芸者小万」三代目岩井粂三郎 「薩摩源五兵衛」二代目片岡我童

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.9 x 77.4 cm (14 1/8 x 30 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.44217a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (second feature): On-atsurae Satsuma no Shingata
Play (main feature): Yoshitsune Senbonzakura
Theater: Nakamura
御誂織薩摩新形(おんあつらえさつまのしんがた)
義経千本桜(よしつねせんぼんざくら)
中村、二番目
 1856(安政03)、06・25

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 6
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、辰六
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