Nine Actors in Five Scenes

芝居こま絵 九人役者

Japanese
Edo period
about 1777 (An'ei 6)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815), Publisher Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0083; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #351, and pl.165

Dimensions

Horizontal hosoban; 12.8 x 31.3 cm (5 1/16 x 12 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19217

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The actors, from right: Nakajima Mioemon as Sujaku Tennô, Bandô Matatarô IV, Ichikawa Danjûrô V as Katô Saemonnojô Shigemitsu, Bandô Mitsugorô, Nakamura Tomijûrô, Arashi Sangorô II, Ôtani Hiroji III, Nakamura Rikô as the courtesan Yorikaze, Onoe Matsunojô as Katakai.

Signed

Torii Kiyonaga ga

鳥居清長画

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