Killing Kômori Yasu (Kômori Yasu o kiri): Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (R), Bandô Shûka I, and Matsumoto Kinshô I (L), from the series The LIfe of Yosaburô (Yosaburô ichidaibanashi)

「与三郎一代咄シ こふもり安を切」 八代目市川団十郎  初代坂東しうか、初代松本錦升

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.5 x 49 cm (14 x 19 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40811a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Based on the Kabuki play Yowa Nasake Ukiyo no Yokogushi, but may not refer to a specific production.

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 11
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、巳十一
彫師:なし

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