Actors Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Asakura Murashôya Tôgo and Ichikawa Hirogorô I as Police Officer (Torite) Yonefuji
1851 (Kaei 4), 8th month
Vertical ôban; 37.9 x 26 cm (14 15/16 x 10 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Play: Higashiyama Sakura Zôshi
The actors’ names have been handwritten on slips of paper pasted to the print.
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
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