Imitating the Sanbasô Dance (Mitate Sanbasô)

「見立三番叟」

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

Suzuki 1992, #291; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 5, Victoria and Albert Museum II (1987), pl. 37; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 3 (1963), #3073

Dimensions

Uchiwa-e on horizontal aiban sheet; 27.1 x 30.6 cm (10 11/16 x 12 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.41545

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper, with slight hand-applied color

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From a triptych of fan prints showing women imitating the traditional dramatic characters Okina, Senzai, and Sanbasô, co-designed with Kunisada and Hiroshige.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, ...
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

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