Actors in Act IX of Chûshingura: Iwai Hanshirô VII as Ôboshi Rikiya (R), Nakamura Utaemon IV as Kakogawa Honzô (C), and Segawa Kikunojô V (?) as His Wife (Nyôbô) Tonase (L)
「忠臣蔵九段目 其一 大星力弥」七代目岩井半四郎 「忠臣蔵九段目 其二 加古川本蔵」四代目中村歌右衛門 「忠臣蔵九段目 其三 女房となせ」五代目瀬川菊之丞ヵ
Vertical ôban triptych; 35.9 x 76.9 cm (14 1/8 x 30 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.29923-5, 11.43977a-c
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