Precious Children's Sanbasô Dance (Kodakara Sanbasô), in the form of a Season-opening Program (Kaomise banzuke)

「子宝三番叟」 見立顔見世番付

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige II (Shigenobu) (Japanese, 1826–1869)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.3 x 24.6 cm (15 1/16 x 9 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38696

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Right sheet of incomplete triptych.

MFA impressions: 11.38696 (right sheet only), 11.37253a-c (complete triptych)

Publisher’s name in lower right corner, not yet read.

Signed

(Ôju Hiroshige hitsu, on left sheet of triptych)
(応需広重筆)

Markings

Censor's seal: (Boar 3 aratame, on left sheet of triptych)
Blockcutter's mark: (Hori Chô, on left sheet of triptych)
改印:(亥三改)
彫師:(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