Actors in Act IV of Chûshingura: Bandô Takesaburô I as Ôboshi Rikiya (R), Iwai Kumesaburô III as Kaoyo Gozen (C), and Sawamura Chôjûrô V as Ôboshi Yuranosuke (L)
「忠臣蔵四段目 其一 大星力弥」初代坂東竹三郎 「忠臣蔵四段目 其二 かほよごぜん」三代目岩井粂三郎 「忠臣蔵四段目 其三 大星由良之助」五代目沢村長十郎
Vertical ôban triptych; 36.8 x 75.6 cm (14 1/2 x 29 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Imaginary performance (mitate).
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Rat 10
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Nogen
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