Actors Nakamura Denkurô I as Asahina Saburô and Nakajima Kanzaemon I as Soga no Gorô, from an untitled series of Theater Pictures (Shibai-e)
about 1711 (Hôei 8/Shôtoku 1)
Artist Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764)
Mutô, Shoki Ukiyo-e to Kabuki (2005), no. 1821; Clark, Morse, Virgin, and Hockley, Dawn of the Floating World (2000-1), p. 160 (no photo); Shibui, "Masanobu no sumi-e," Ukiyo-e no kenkyû VI.3 (March 1929), #D-12
Horizontal ôban; 27.2 x 36 cm (10 11/16 x 14 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper
Not On View
Ten sheets from the set of twelve: 11.13361 to 11.13369 and 21.5731, plus an additional half sheet, 21.7199. The plays that can be identified were performed between 1709 and 1710, and so the series may have been made for New Year of 1711.
Play: Senrei Homare Soga
Theater: Nakamura, 1710.1
Tôbu Yamato Eshi Okumura Masanobu zu
Artist's seal: Okumura Masanobu
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