Actor Arashi Rikan III as Kiritarô in Hanabusa Zôshi
「桐太郎 嵐璃寛」（三代目） 「英草紙」
1858 (Bunsei 5), 1st month
Artist Isshusai Kunikazu (Japanese, active about 1848–1868)
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 110; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #574; Riccar Museum, Kamigata Ukiyo-e 200-nen ten (1975), #212
Vertical chûban; 24.5 x 18.5 cm (9 5/8 x 7 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Upper sheet of an incomplete two-tier triptych.
Play: Keisei Hanabusa Zôshi
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 29, 2004)
 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