Actors Ichikawa Monnosuke II as Soga no Gorô and Matsumoto Kôshirô IV as Suketsune
1781 (An'ei 10/Tenmei 1), 4th month
Artist Katsukawa Shun'ei (Japanese, 1762–1819)
Hosoban diptych; 29.5 x 28.3 cm (11 5/8 x 11 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Photographed in reverse order.
Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.18256 (left), 11.18257 (right); virtual record: 11.18256-7
MFA Impressions: 11.18247, 11.18256-7
Play: Kabuki no Hana Bandai Soga
Shun'ei ga (on each 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