Actors Onoe Kikugorô III as Hanbei (R) and Iwai Kumesaburô II as Koina (L)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)
Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), p. 66, fig. 4; Rijksmuseum cat. IV, Hiroshige and the Utagawa School (1984), #150 (R only); Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 295 (L only)
Shikishiban diptych; 21.1 x 18.2 cm (8 5/16 x 7 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Diptych: 11.26818 (right), 11.26819 (left)
Poem on left sheet translated in Polster & Marks 1980, p. 288.
Kôchôrô Kunisada ga
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