Actors Onoe Kikugorô IV as Akogi Gennojô (R) and Onoe Kikujirô II as Hashimoto's Daughter (Musume) Ohaya (L)
Vertical ôban diptych; 34.5 x 48.3 cm (13 9/16 x 19 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Probably advance publicity for the upcoming production of Tsuru wa Chitose Suehiro Soga at the Ichimura Theater in the 3rd month of 1856 (Ansei 3). In the actual performance, the casting was changed: Akogi Gennojô was played by Bandô Hikosaburô V and Hashimoto’s Daughter Ohaya by Onoe Kikugorô IV.
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 12
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