Poem by Chûnagon Yakamochi: (Actor Bandô Takesaburô I as) Fox Tadanobu, from the series Comparisons for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokkasen no uchi)
「見立三十六歌撰之内 中納言家持 狐忠のぶ」 初代坂東竹三郎
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.36779.41, 11.42678
Note: The paper slip pasted onto this impression identifies the actor as Segawa Kikunojô.
Poem (Man'yôshû 1466): Haru no no ni/ asaru kigisu no/ tsumagoi ni/ ono ga arika no/ hito ni shiretsutsu [standard version has "ono ga atari o"]
「春の野に あさるきゞすの つま恋に おのがありかを 人にしれつゝ」
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Rat 10
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
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