Popularity Contest of Young Lavender Plants (Wakamurasaki ryûkô kurabe): Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III and Nakamura Fukusuke I (R); Nakamura Danjûrô VIII and Onoe Kikujirô II (C); and Bandô Takesaburô I and Bandô Shûka I (L)

「若紫流行競」 三代目岩井粂三郎、初代中村福助 八代目市川団十郎、二代目尾上菊次郎 初代坂東竹三郎、初代坂東しうか

Japanese
Edo period
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 4th month
Blockcutter Ôta Komakichi (Hori Koma, Hori Tashichi) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 34.8 x 73.5 cm (13 11/16 x 28 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15160a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.15160a-c, 11.29511-3
 見立

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 4
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Koma
改印:改、寅四
彫師:彫駒

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: August 3, 1911)

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