Actors in Snow, Moon, and Flowers (Setsugekka), from right: Ichikawa Ebijûrô IV as Saeda Masaemon; Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as Kobuna Gengorô; Onoe Tamizô II as Ishikawa Goemon; Arashi Kichisaburô III as Saitô Kuranosuke; Bandô Hikosaburô V as Kanô Shirojirô

「雪月花」 「早枝政右衛門 市川鰕十郎」(四代目)  「小鮒源五郎 実川延三郎」(初代)  「石川五右衛門 尾上多見蔵」(二代目)  「斎藤蔵之助 嵐吉三郎」(三代目)  「狩野四郎次郎 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1858 (Ansei 5), 1st month
Artist Isshusai Kunikazu (Japanese, active about 1848–1868)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 110; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #578

Dimensions

Vertical chûban pentaptych; 25.3 x 87.6 cm (9 15/16 x 34 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.37053a-e

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Keisei Setsugekka
Theater: Naka
けいせい雪月花
 中

Signed

Kunikazu (on each sheet)
国員

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