Matchmaking at the Grand Shrine of Izumo (Taisha en-musubi zu)

「大社縁結図」 右 「木花開那姫命」二代目尾上菊次郎、「伊奘冊尊」四代目尾上梅幸、「伊奘諾尊」五代目沢村長十郎、「一目連」二代目中山文五郎、「思兼命」初代嵐冠五郎、「客人権現」三代目浅尾奥山、「少彦名命」初代中村翫太郎、「秋葉大権現」初代市川猿蔵、「猿田彦大神」五代目市川海老蔵、「中筒男」初代市川広五郎、「春日大明神」初代片岡十蔵ヵ 中 「日本武尊」初代坂東竹三郎、「市杵島姫命」三代目藤川友吉、「天照大神」八代目市川団十郎、「大国主命」四代目市川小団次、「国常立尊」十一代目森田勘弥、「宇須女命」三代

Japanese
Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hayashiya Shôgorô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.2 x 77.1 cm (13 7/8 x 30 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.29105-7

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.29105 (right), 11.29106 (center), 11.29107 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.29105-7, 11.44056a-c, 11.45366a-c
 役者を諸神に見立てたもの。天照大神が持つ「縁結人名帳」に「辛亥嘉永四年十月吉日」とあり。

Signed

Toyokuni ga (on center sheet); Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on left sheet)
豊国画 応需豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu
No blockcutter's mark
改印:福、村松
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