The Old Story of the Female Seigen (Mukashigatari Onna Seigen): Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Hanako no mae, later Seigen-ni (R), and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Yoshida Matsuwakamaru (L)

「昔語女清玄」 三代目岩井粂三郎の清玄尼 八代目市川団十郎の松若丸

Japanese
Edo period
1847 (Kôka 4), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37.6 x 51.2 cm (14 13/16 x 20 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43775a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.39062a-c (complete triptych, key block), 11.43775a-b (two left sheets, color), 17.3216.6-7 (two left sheets, color)

Play: Butai no Hana Yayoi no Irodoki
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Hanmoto no ôju Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)

応需豊国画 梓元の應需豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark

改印:村松、吉村
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