Act I (Daijo): Actors Bandô Kamezô I as Kô no Moronao and Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Momonoi Wakasanosuke, from the series The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers, a Primer (Kanadehon chûshingura)

「仮名手本忠臣蔵 大序」 「高の師直 坂東亀蔵」(初代)、「桃ノ井若狭之介 片岡仁左衛門」(八代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kuniaki II (Japanese, 1835–1888), Publisher Etsuka (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôta Komakichi (Hori Koma, Hori Tashichi) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 24.2 cm (14 1/16 x 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.36806

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Kuniaki ga, in toshidama cartouche
国明画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 3 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Ôta Hori Koma
改印:戌三改
彫師:太田彫駒

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