Collection of Dances by Children (Kodomo odori zukushi): Munesada (R), Sekibei (C), and Komachi-hime (L)

「子供踊尽 宗貞」  「子供踊尽 関兵衛」  「子供踊尽 小町姫」

Japanese
Edo period
1843 (Tenpô 14), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri, "Tenpô kaikaku," in Ukiyo-e geijutsu 143 (2002), fig. 7

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.6 x 77.5 cm (14 13/16 x 30 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.36504a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

A disguised reference to plays at the Ichimura theater:
Play (Jôruri): Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To
Play (main feature): Sato Tsubame Sugata no Inazuma
Theater: Ichimura
積恋雪関扉(つもるこいゆきのせきのと)
廓燕姿稲妻(さととつばめすがたのいなずま)
 市村

Signed

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

Markings

No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
改印:なし
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