Actor Nakamura Tomijûrô II as the Wife (Nyôbô) Oryû, actually the Spirit of a Willow Tree (Yanagi no sei)
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kiya Sôjirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôta Komakichi (Hori Koma, Hori Tashichi) (Japanese)
Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 24.5 cm (14 1/16 x 9 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Single sheet, on the back of 11.45892a.
Play: Ume Yanagi Sakigake-zôshi
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 3
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Koma
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