Actors Mimasu Baisha I as Uchi no Takumi no Kami Yoshichika (R), Arashi Rikaku II as Yokozone Heitarô, and Nakamura Sennosuke as Kiku Gozen (L), in Iro Kurabe Kokonoe Nishiki
「色競九重錦」 「内匠頭義親」初代三枡梅舎 「横曽根平太郎」二代目嵐璃珏、「菊御前」中村千之助
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 8th month
Artist Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki (Japanese, 1841–1899)
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 114
Vertical chûban diptych; 25 x 36.8 cm (9 13/16 x 14 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.36080a-b, 11.41972a-b
Play: Iro Kurabe Kokonoe Nishiki
The Kamigata actor Nakamura Sennosuke, active between 1825 and 1885, is identified in the Ikeda Bunko catalogue as Sennosuke I; but according to the Kabuki21 website, the name was first used in Edo in 1792.1 to 1799.10. Officially, the name Sennosuke II was awarded to a Tokyo actor during the Meiji era. Furthermore, there may have been more than one Kamigata actor using the name between 1825 and 1885. In view of the confusion, for the time being, no lineage number has been assigned to the Nakamura Sennosuke active in Kamigata.
Yoshitaki ga (on each sheet)
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