Actor Iwai Shijaku II as Shizuka, from the series Opened Fans Blooming with Flowery Words (Kotoba no hana hiraku suehiro)
1867 (Keiô 3), 8th month
Waseda db 012-1319 (actor not identified)
Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24.7 cm (14 1/8 x 9 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
From a series jointly designed by Kunichika and Kuniteru II.
Play: Ichinomori Kujira no Ôyose
Censor's seal: Hare 8 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Masukichi
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)
 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