The Old Story of the Palace Ladies of Mirror Mountain (Mukashigatari okuzutome no Kagamiyama): Actors Sawamura Sôjûrô V as Tsubone Iwafuji (R), Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Chûrô Onoe (C), and Bandô Shûka I as Onoe's Servant (Meshitsukai) Hatsu (L)

「昔語 奥勤の 鏡山」 「局岩藤」五代目沢村宗十郎 「中老尾上」十二代目市村羽左衛門 「尾上召仕初」初代坂東しうか

Japanese
Edo period
1847 (Kôka 4), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.2 x 77.9 cm (14 5/8 x 30 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15825-7

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.15825 (right), 11.15826 (left), 11.15827 (center)

Play: Hatsu-zakura Onoe Iwafuji
Theater: Ichimura
初桜尾上以丸藤(はつざくらおのえいわふじ)
市村
 1847、弘化04、02・18

Signed

Hanmoto no ôju Toyokuni ga (on right and center sheets), Ôju Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)
梓元の応需豊国画 応需豊国画

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: 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