Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Shirai Gonpachi (R) and Ichikawa Ebizô V as Banzui Chôbei (L)
Vertical ôban diptych; 36.4 x 49.5 cm (14 5/16 x 19 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
11.43910a-b (dated 1853 by the corresponding kabuki performance) is a later reprint of 11.43912a-b (1850), but with the actors’ faces changed and the “shita-uri” seal removed. However, the seals with the names of the two censors were left even though that system was no longer in use in 1853.
Play (second feature): Kakitsubata Tamuke no Hanakawado
Play (main feature): Arigata ya O-Edo no Kagekiyo
Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)
Censors' seals: Mera, Murata, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark
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