Actor Bandô Mitsugorô III in Dance of Seven Changes, a Tetraptych (Shichi henge no uchi, yomai tsuzuki): as the courtesan Sakuragidayû (R), as Genta and a Rabbit (Usagi) (CR), as the Shirabyôshi Dancer Katsumi and Gobu no Mihozoemon (CL), and as Hesomura

「七変化の内 四枚つづき さくら木太夫 坂東三津五郎」(三代目)  「七へん化のうち よまい続 源太 うさぎ 阪東三津五郎」(三代目)  「七へん化之内 四枚続 しら拍子かつみ 五ぶのみほぞ右衛門 坂東三津五郎」(三代目)  「七変化之内 四枚続 へそむらおさん うかれ奴 坂東三津五郎」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1821 (Bunsei 4), 3rd month
Artist Ganjôsai Kunihiro (Japanese, active about 1815–1843), Publisher Tenmaya Kihei (Tenki) (Japanese), Publisher Sôshiya (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 90; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #015

Dimensions

Vertical ôban tetraptych; 38.3 x 105.5 cm (15 1/16 x 41 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36035-8

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Tetraptych, left to right: 11.36035, 11.36036, 11.36037, 11.36038

MFA impressions: 11.36035-8, 11.36039 (variant of right sheet),11.36295a-d

Play: Somemoyô Naniwa Miyage
Theater: Kado
染模様難波土産
 角

Signed

Kunihiro ga (on each sheet)
国広画

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: August 3, 1911)

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