Trick Riding (Kyokuba nori): Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I as a Rider (Umanori) and Bandô Shûka I as a Woman Street Musician (Onnadayû), from the series Kabuki Dances (Keigoto)

「景事 曲馬のり」 初代中村福助の馬乗り、初代坂東しうかの女太夫

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 25.9 cm (14 3/4 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42730

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29866, 11.42730

Play (shosa): Aki mo Mada Mebae no Nanakusa
Section of shosa: Koshitsuki Umanori
Play (main feature): Meiyo Jinsei Roku
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, Rat 7
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、渡辺、子七
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