Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Ôiso no Tora (R) and Nakamura Kamenojô I as Kisegawa no Kamegiku (L)
1855 (Ansei 2), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)
Vertical ôban diptych; 35.9 x 51.2 cm (14 1/8 x 20 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No performance found that corresponds to this scene. Possibly advance publicity for a perfromance that did not actually take place.
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 3
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