Actors Nakamura Tomijûrô II as the Wet Nurse (Menoto) Shigenoi (R) and Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Jinenjo no Sankichi (L)
Vertical ôban diptych; 35.8 x 24.1 cm (14 1/8 x 9 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Diptych: 11.29976 (left), 11.29977 (right)
MFA impressions: 11.29976-7, 11.43705a-b
No actual performance has been found that corresponds to this scene from the play Koi Nyôbô Somewake Tazuna. Possibly advance publicity for the upcoming visit of Tomijûrô to Edo in the 9th month of 1853.
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Ox 6
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: 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