Tsurigitsune: Actors Nakamura Nakazô III, formerly Tsuruzô, as the Nephew (Oi no tono), and Nakamura Kanzaburô XIII as Hakuzôsu, from the series Auspicious Plays (Kotobuki kyôgen no uchi)

「寿狂言之内 釣狐」「娚の殿 鶴蔵改 中村仲蔵」(三代目)、「白蔵主 中村勘三郎」(十三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Murayamaya Genbei (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), p. 152

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.6 × 24.6 cm (14 × 9 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39089

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ôju Baichôrô Kunisada ga
応需香蝶楼国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: Ox 9 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Chô
改印:丑九改
彫師:彫長

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