The Suffering of the Turns of Fate (Rin'e [=Rinne?] no yami): Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Tomoenojô and Bandô Shûka I as Michinoku, from the series Scenes of Darkness and Suffering ([Mitate yami] zukushi)

「暗尽 りんゑのやみ」 「巴之丞」十二代目市村羽左衛門、「奥州」初代坂東しうか

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hayashiya Shôgorô (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.6 x 25.7 cm (14 7/16 x 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.43119

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 7
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:改、卯七
彫師:彫竹

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