Imitating Puppets (Ningyô no manei): Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Ebizako no Jû (R), Onoe Kikugorô IV as Ômiya Kakae Kofuji (C), Seki Sanjûrô III as Iyami Kinchô and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Iyami Kintarô (L)

「人形ノまねひ」 「海老ざこの十」初代河原崎権十郎 「あふみ屋抱小藤」四代目尾上菊五郎 「いやみきん調」三代目関三十郎 「いやみ金五郎」五代目坂東彦三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hayashiya Shôgorô (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 34.3 x 74.4 cm (13 1/2 x 29 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44206a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29265-7, 11.44206a-c

Play (shosa): Hikinuide Kasumi no Nidomise
Play (main feature): Tsuru wa Chitose Suehiro Soga
Theater: Ichimura
姿替霞仮宅(ひきぬいでかすみのにどみせ) 常磐津
鶴松扇曽我(つるはちとせすえひろそが)
市村、一番目五立目
 1856、安政03

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 3
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
改印:改、辰三
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: 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