Special Viewing of the Image of Shaka Buddha from the Saga District of Kyoto; Precincts of the Ekô-in (Saga no shakuson kaichô no zu, Ekô-in keidai no zu)

「嵯峨ノ釈尊開帳ノ図」 「回向院境内ノ図」

Japanese
Edo period
1836 (Tenpô 7)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese), Publisher Moriya Jihei (Kinshindô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bickford, Sumo and the Woodblock Print Masters (1994), pl. 42 (with different text in right title panel and banners); Edo Tokyo Museum, Hakuran toshi Edo Tôkyô (1993), #1-14 (this version)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 34.9 x 75.2 cm (13 3/4 x 29 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.34955a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.34955a-c, 17.3210.6-8

In the right sheet: Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XII, Bandô Mitsugorô III, Onoe Kikugorô III, Iwai Shijaku I, Ichikawa Ebizô V, and musician Tokiwazu Komonji tayû; in the left sheet, musician Tomimoto Buzendayû.
右 十二代目市村羽左衛門、三代目坂東三津五郎、三代目尾上菊五郎、初代岩井紫若、五代目市川海老蔵、常磐津小文字太夫
左  富本豊前太夫

Signed

Kôchôrô Kunisada ga (on each sheet)
香蝶楼国貞画

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: May 5, 2003)

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