(Actor Sawamura Tosshô II as) Kinokuni Bunza in the Book Ôgonsui Daijin Sakazuki, from the series Contest of Popular Modern Books (Tôsei sôshi awase)
「当盛草子合 黄金水大尽盃 紀伊国文三」 二代目沢村訥升
Vertical ôban; 36.2 × 24.1 cm (14 1/4 × 9 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Ôgonsui Daijin Sakazuki is the title of a book by Tamenaga Shunsui II, published 1854-66. Sawamura Tosshô II had played the role of Kinokuni(ya) Bunza at the Morita Theater in the 8th month of 1866, in the play Koko Daijin Kin no Mamemaki.
Censor's seal: Tiger 12 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Ei
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