Modern Versions of Benkei on Gojô Bridge (Gojô no hashi mitate Benkei): Actors Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Arashi Kichisaburô III (R), Nakamura Fukusuke I (C), Arashi Rikan III, and Ichikawa Danzô VI (L)

「五条之橋見立弁慶(ごでうのはしみたてべんけい)」 右 四代目市川小団次、三代目嵐 吉三郎 中 初代中村福助 左 三代目嵐璃寛、六代目市川団蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 72.3 cm (14 3/16 x 28 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44219a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Actors from Kamigata.
 見立

安政3年6月当時上方(江戸以外)在住の役者を描く。

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on right and left sheets), Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on center sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠) 一陽斎豊国画

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 6
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、辰六
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