Actors Iwai Hanshirô IV as an Attendant and Nakamura Matsue I as Yaoya Oshichi
1766 (Meiwa 3), 5th month (?)
Artist Ippitsusai Bunchô (Japanese, active about 1765–1792)
Hosoban; 30 x 14 cm (11 13/16 x 5 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.18502, 21.4687
Play: Yaoya Oshichi Koi no Edozome (?)
Theater: Nakamura (?)
This production is the best fit for the scene shown, but the style of the print suggests that it might be somewhat later in date.
Ippitsusai Bunchô ga
Artist's seal: Mori uji
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