Actor Matsumoto Kôshirô V (?) and Woman Playing Shamisen, from an untitled series with fans possibly representing the Six Jewel Rivers (Mu Tamagawa)
Another print in the series: Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), p. 233
Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 23.9 cm (14 5/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The design on the fan suggests the river associated with kerria roses (yamabuki), the Ide Jewel River in Yamashiro Province.
Censor's seals: kiwame, Tiger 6
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