Daishô mai: Actors Onoe Eizaburô IV, Iwai Shijaku II, and Kawarazaki Kunitarô I, from the series Auspicious Plays (Kotobuki kyôgen no uchi)

「壽狂言之内 大小舞」 「尾上栄三郎」(4.5代目尾上栄三郎、二代目河原崎国太郎)、「岩井紫若」(二代目)、「河原崎国太郎」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Murayamaya Genbei (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), p. 153

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.6 × 24.8 cm (14 × 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.39088

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ôju Baichôrô Kunisada ga
応需香蝶楼国貞画

Markings

No censor's seal
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Chô
改印:なし
彫師:ほり長

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