Actor Ôtani Hiroji III as Amakawaya Gihei
1769 (Meiwa 6), 5th month
Artist Ippitsusai Bunchô (Japanese, active about 1765–1792)
This print not listed in Asano et al., Chûshingura VII (Akôshi, 2014); but list #1-24 is another print by Bunchô from the same production.
Hosoban; 33 x 14.5 cm (13 x 5 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura
Ippitsusai Bunchô ga
Artist's seal: Mori uji
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection