Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Gorô Sharpening the Arrow (Yanone Gorô)
Artist Torii Kiyomitsu II (Kiyomine) (Japanese, 1787–1868)
Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 289; Bowie et al, Art of the Surimono (1979), #6
Shikishiban; 21.5 x 18.8 cm (8 7/16 x 7 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Poems translated in Bowie et al 1979, p. 18.
Poem by Aisuro Kakemasu: Uguisu no/ niwa ni mo koe o/ ageshôji/ kakaru tokoro e/ haru no Tokimune
Poem by Jingairô Yukizumi: Ao mono no/ ao uma nare ya/ isamashiku/ ône no muchi ni/ kaburaya no ne wa
Godaime Kiyomitsu hitsu (Brush of Kiyomitsu, the 5th Generation [of the Torii lineage])
Artist's seal: Kiyomitsu
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