Private Performance of Women's Kabuki: Sanbasô
Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), pl. 39; Ukiyo-e taikei 9 (1976), pls. 91-7 (complete pentaptych, with Dôjô-ji, plus extra sheets for Sanbasô and Kusazuribiki)
Vertical ôban; 39.2 x 25.7 cm (15 7/16 x 10 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
One of at least seven interchangeable sheets (11.13503, 11.13519, 11.13520, 11.13523, 11.13550, 11.13590, another illustrated in Ukiyo-e taikei 9) depicting different performances, any one of which can be the second sheet from left of a pentaptych.
The three left sheets of the pentaptych: 11.13504 (left), 11.13520 (center), 11.16317 (right); virtual record: 11.13504VR
The four right sheets of the pentaptych: 21.7481-4 (21.7481 = 11.13503)
Censor's seal: kiwame
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