Actors Bandô Takesaburô I as Ishidô Unemenosuke and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Katsuragi (inset), unidentified actors as Kanshichi, Saheiji, the blind men Dekuichi and Bokuichi (L), and the Teashop Proprietor (Chaya), and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Asakura Murash

「石堂采女之助」初代坂東竹三郎、「桂木」三代目岩井粂三郎 「かん七」、「左平次」、「でく市」、「ぼく市」  「茶や」、「浅倉村庄屋尚吾」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Kyûbei (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 201-4642 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.2 x 51.2 cm (14 1/4 x 20 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38377a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Higashiyama Sakura Zôshi
Theater: Nakamura
東山桜荘子(ひがしやまさくらぞうし)
 中村

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark
Artist's seal: kiri
改印:米良、渡辺、シタ売
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