Lao Laizi (Rôraishi): (Actor Iwai Kumesaburô III as) Omiwa, with (Nakamura Kantarô and an unidentified actor as) Court Ladies (Kô no tsubone, Kan no tsubone), from the series Matches for the Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety (Mitate nijûshi kô)
「見立廿四孝 老来子（らうらいし）」「こうの局 」、「おみわ」三代目岩井粂三郎、「くわんの局」中村翫太郎
1855 (Ansei 2), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)
Waseda db 005-0597
Vertical ôban; 35.1 x 24 cm (13 13/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Imaginary performance (mitate).
No publisher’s mark on this impression.
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 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: 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