Imaginary Scene of Actors Catching Fireflies: Jewels Shining in the Dark (Mitate hotarugari yakô no tamazoroi): Kataoka Gadô II, Ichikawa Kodanji IV (R); Iwai Kumesaburô III, Ichimura Uzaemon XIII (C); Nakamura Fukusuke I, Bandô Takesaburô I (L)

「見立蛍狩夜光玉揃」 右から 二代目片岡我童、四代目市川小団次 三代目岩井粂三郎、十三代目市村羽左衛門 初代中村福助、初代坂東竹三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Minatoya Kohei (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 34.9 x 73.3 cm (13 3/4 x 28 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.29278-80

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.29278 (left), 11.29279 (center), 11.29280 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.29119VR (11.29119, 11.29120, 11.29769), 11.29278-80, 11.44189a-c
 見立

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 6
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
改印:改、卯六
彫師:彫竹

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: August 3, 1911)

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