Actors Seki Utasuke as the Laundress (Sentakuya) Uta, Seki Sanjûrô III as the Mother (Haha) Kataomoi (R), Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Daughter (Musume) Kakezara (C), and Ichikawa Kobunji I as the Servant (Genan) Johei (L)

「せんたく屋うた 関歌助」、「母片もい 関三十郎」(三代目)  「娘かけ皿 沢村田之助」(三代目)  「下男常平 市川小文治」 (初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 3rd month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Asakura Hori Man (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 201-6124 (R), 201-6125 (C), 201-6126 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41734a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Ichiban Norime Iki no Sashimono
Theater: Morita

Signed

Kunichika ga (on each sheet)

国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Ox 3 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Asakura Hori Man

改印:丑三改
彫師:朝倉彫万

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