Kites with Pictures of Actors: Nakamura Tsuruzô I as Kajiwara Kagesue, Iwai Kumetarô III as Ôiso no Tora, Ichikawa Ichizô III as Soga Sukenari, unidentified actor as Minamoto Yoritomo, and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Gorômaru

役者絵の凧 「梶原景季」初代中村鶴蔵、「大磯ノ虎」三代目岩井粂三郎、「曽我祐成」三代目市川市蔵、「源ノ頼朝」、「五郎丸」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 201-4704 (L), 201-4705 (C), 201-4706 (R)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.17379

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.17377-9 (no VR; order of sheets uncertain, but probably L to R)

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche
国貞画(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: 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