Actors Arashi Kichisaburô III as Tsubone Iwafuji (R) and Bandô Shûka I as the Servant (Meshitsukai) Ohatsu (L)
Vertical ôban diptych; 35.7 x 51 cm (14 1/16 x 20 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Diptych: 11.22021 (left), 11.22022 (right)
MFA impressions: 11.22021-2, 11.43719a-b
Play: Kagami no Ura Hiyoku no Hanatori
This print was made in anticipation of the performance of Bandô Shûka I as Ohatsu, but he fell ill and died, and the role was actually taken by BandôTakesaburô I, with the opening of the play slightly delayed.
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 2
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Yasu
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