Actor Seki Sanjûrô III as the Footman (Yakko) Yatabei

「奴矢田兵」三代目関三十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri, Kuniyoshi (2011), #149 (complete triptych)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 25.3 cm (14 5/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38345

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Left sheet of an incomplete two-tier triptych.

Play: Hama no Masago Tsukinu Gohiiki
Theater: Kawarazaki

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome
No blockcutter's mark
改印:浜、馬込
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