Actor Iwai Hanshirô V as the Poor Girl (Shizunome) Osaku and the Madwoman (Kyôjo) Omitsu, from a set of Seven Roles

「七役之内 しづの女おさく・きやう女おみつ 岩井半四郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1813 (Bunka 10), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.9 x 25.8 cm (14 15/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.25376

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The seven roles performed by Hanshirô in the dance play were: Osome, Hisamatsu, Hisamatsu’s Sister Takegawa, Dote no Oroku, Osaku, Omitsu, and Osome’s Mother Sadamasa.

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Shinjû Asa no Uwasa
Play (second feature): Osome Hisamatsu Ukina no Yomiuri
Play (main feature): Hama no Masago Kabuki no Ezôshi
Theater: Morita
浜真砂劇場絵本(はまのまさごかぶきえぞうし)
お染久松色読販(おそめひさまつうきなのよみうり)
所作題:心中翌日噂(しんじゅうあすのうわさ)、常磐津
森田、二番目大切
文化10 (1813)

Signed

Toyokuni ga
豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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