The Revenge of Iinuma Katsugorô

飯沼勝五郎の敵討ち

Japanese
Edo period
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.38786a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The story of the play Hakone Reigen Izari no Adauchi. Thanks to the prayers of his wife Hatsuhana in the Shirataki waterfall in the mountains of Hakone (right sheet), Katsugorô (left sheet, in background) is miraculously healed of his disability and, with the help of his brother-in-law Fudesuke (center) is able to kill the villains responsible for the death of his older brother.

Signed

Kôchôrô monjin Kunimasa ga (on right sheet), Ichijusai Kunimasa ga (on center sheet), Kunimasa ga (on left sheet)

一寿斎国政画

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