Opening Performance in the Eleventh Month (Kagurazuki kaomise no kôkei)

「神楽月顔見世の光景」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1816 (Bunka 13)


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage (2004), #22; Seikado, Kunisada (exh. cat., 1996), #13; Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #15/2 (complete triptych)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 38 x 25.5 cm (14 15/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15768, 11.15769, 11.29045

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.15768 (right), 11.15769 (left), 11.29045 (center)

MFA impressions: 11.15768VR (11.15768, 11.15769,11.29045), 11.45214 (right sheet only), 11.45215 (left sheet only)

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)
五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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