Actors Arashi Rikan III as Tôkin Moemon (R), Arashi Rikaku II as Tsukuba Moemon (C), and Kataoka Gadô II as Mikasa Moemon (L), in Tôsei Hachi Monji

「当世八文字」 「唐金茂右衛門」三代目嵐璃寛  「筑波茂右衛門」二代目嵐璃珏  「三笠茂右衛門」二代目片岡我童

Japanese
Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 1st month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 106

Dimensions

Vertical chûban triptych; 25.1 x 55 cm (9 7/8 x 21 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.35617a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Tôsei Hachi Monji
Theater: Kado
当世八文字(とうせいはちもんじ)
 角

Signed

Hirosada (on each sheet)
広貞

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