Actor Arashi Kichisaburô II as Kowari Dennai
1815 (Bunka 12), 9th month
Artist Asayama Ashikuni (Japanese, about 1775–1818)
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 87; Gerstle 2005, #131 (this edition); Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #029 (later, commercial edition)
Horizontal double ôban; 37.3 x 50.5 cm (14 11/16 x 19 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The first, private edition of a design later re-issued as a commercial print.
Play: Katakiuchi Ura no Asagiri
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