Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Onigatake, from the series Mirror of Sumô Past and Present (Kokon sumô kagami)
「古今角力鏡 鬼ヶ竹」 四代目中村歌右衛門
Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), p. 293
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
Play: Sekitori Nidai no Shôbuzuke
Imaginary performance (mitate).
Konomi ni ôjite Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 9
No blockcutter's mark
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