Actors Seki Sanjûrô III as the Priest Gennô (Gennô oshô), actually a Raccoon-dog (Tanuki), and Ichimura Kakitsu IV as a Thunder God (Nakanori Kaminari)

「玄翁和尚 実は 狸 関三十郎」(三代目)、「中のり 雷 市村家橘」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37 × 25.2 cm (14 9/16 × 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38970

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 incomplete triptych.

Play (shosa, finale): Yanagi ni Kaze Fukiya no Itosuji
Play (main feature): Soga Moyô Tateshi no Gosho-zome
Theater: Ichimura
柳風吹矢の糸条(やなぎにかぜふきやのいとすじ)
曽我綉侠御所染(そがもようたてしのごしょぞめ)
市村
 1864、甲子、文久04、02・15

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche
国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 2 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô
改印:子二改
彫師:片田彫長

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