Actor Ôtani Hiroji III as Banba no Chûda
1774 (An'ei 3), 1st month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)
Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), #284 and pl. 70 (complete diptych)
Hosoban; 32 x 14.4 cm (12 5/8 x 5 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Left sheet of incomplete diptych.
MFA impressions: 11.18695 (left sheet only), 21.7110-1 (complete diptych)
Play: Oatsuraezome Soga no Hinagata (A Soga Pattern Dyed to Order)
Jôruri: Sono Chidori Yowa no Kamisuki (The Plovers: Combing Hair at Midnight)
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