The Old Story of Kanegafuchi (Mukashi Kanegafuchi no yurai): Actors Onoe Baikô IV as Okumi (R), Nakamura Utaemon IV as Hôkaibô (C), and Matsumoto Koshirô VI as Dôguya Jinzô (L)

「おくみ」四代目尾上梅幸  「法界坊」四代目中村歌右衛門  「道具屋甚三」六代目松本幸四郎 「昔鐘ヶふちの由来」

Japanese
Edo period
1847 (Kôka 4), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.7 x 72.6 cm (14 1/16 x 28 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38501a-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: 11.38137 (right sheet only, key block), 11.38501a-c (complete triptych, color)

Play: Hitofudegaki Sumida no Hatsukari
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Kinugasa
No blockcutter's mark

改印:浜、衣笠
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