Narukami: Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Narukami Shônin, Ichikawa Komazô VII as Kokuunbô, and Ichikawa Saruzô as Hakuunbô, No. 17 from the series Eighteen Great Kabuki Plays (Jûhachiban no uchi)

「十八番の内 十七 鳴神上人」八代目市川団十郎、「黒雲坊」七代目市川高麗蔵、「白雲坊」初代 市川猿蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), intercalary 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

First edition, with title panel: Waseda db 100-2365; Edo-Tokyo Museum, Edo kabuki (1995), #4-33; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 4 (1981), #92

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 24.5 cm (14 5/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.29994

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

A late edition lacking the title of the play.

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga
一陽斎豊国画

Markings

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