The Tsûten Bridge Scene: Unidentified Actors as Ladies-in-Waiting (Koshimoto) (R), and Actors Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Ashikaga Yoshimasa kô and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Asakura Tôgô (L)

通天橋 「こし元」  「足利義政公」四代目坂東彦三郎、「浅倉当吾」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 8th month


Catalogue Raisonné

Kuniyoshi Project db (complete triptych, color)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 40.2 x 56 cm (15 13/16 x 22 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38134-5

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.38134 (left), 11.38135 (right)

The right sheet is a proof taken before the block was completely carved; the left sheet appears to have been printed from a finished block.

Play: Higashiyama Sakura Zôshi
Theater: Nakamura
東山桜荘子(ひがしやまさくらぞうし)
 中村

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, shita-uri
(right sheet has shita-uri only; name seals not yet carved)
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、渡辺、シタ売
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