Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Mongaku praying in Nachi Waterfall and Matsumoto Kôshirô V as Fudô Myôô
about 1829–32 (Bunsei 12–Tenpô 3)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)
Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage (2004), #37.4; Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #278; Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #55; Ukiyo-e taikei 10 (1976), #139; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 3 (1963), #2683
Shikishiban, upright diptych; 42.5 x 18.9 cm (16 3/4 x 7 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.15063, 11.19911
Poem translated in Izzard 1993, p. 122.
Poem by Umenoya: Katageyuku/ nawa makidaru no/ takisui ni/ nioi o amiru/ ume no oikaze
Ôkô Kunisada ga
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