Actors Sakata Hangorô III (R) and Ichikawa Komazô III (L)
1790 (Kansei 2), 1st month
MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #69
Hosoban diptych; 29.5 x 27.4 cm (11 5/8 x 10 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Diptych: 11.18203 (right), 11.18246 (left)
Play: Haru no Nishiki Date-zome Soga
MFA impressions: 11.18203VR (11.18203, 11.18246); RES.54.172a-b
Roles played by Hangorô III: Kotôta, Ise Kaidô no Gantetsu; roles played by Komazô III: Soga no Jûrô, Ukiyo Kozô, actually Dozaburô; it is unclear which roles are shown here.
Shun'ei 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: 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