Actor Nakamura Rikô I as Agemaki
1782 (Tenmei 2), 1st month or 5th month
Edo-Tokyo Museum, Dai Ukiyo-e ten (2014), #89 (complete); Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), #493 (photo of C only, description of pentaptych); Ukiyo-e taikei 3 (1976), #s 33-7 (complete)
Hosoban; 30.5 x 14.3 cm (12 x 5 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
One sheet of incomplete pentaptych.
MFA impressions: 11.18847 (CR), 21.7149-51 (CR, C, CL), 21.4056 (CL), 21.4057 (R), 34.376 (CL)
Play: Sukeroku Kuruwa no Natorigusa
The actors performed in these roles in the first month and again in the fifth month.
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