Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (in inset), Ichikawa Komazô VII as Kôdai Shôkurô (R), Nakamura Fukusuke I as Kaiya Zenkichi, and Nakamura Utaemon IV (in inset) (L)
Negishi, "Sandai Toyokuni yakusha-e...," in Ukiyo-e geijutsu 154 (2007), p. 42, fig. 11
Vertical ôban diptych; 35.9 x 49.8 cm (14 1/8 x 19 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Diptych: 11.21753 (left), 11.21754 (right)
Play: Aoto Zôshi
Recently deceased actors, in the insets, are compared to living actors of the same lineages.
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 10
Blockcutter's marks: Hori Take (right sheet), Yokokawa Hori Take (left sheet)
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