Actor Bandô Mitsugorô I as An no Heibei
1780 (An'ei 9), 2nd month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)
Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), #435 (three sheets of the pentaptych)
Hosoban; 29.6 x 13 cm (11 5/8 x 5 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
One sheets of incomplete pentaptych.
MFA impressions: 11.18827 (one sheet, same as 21.4191), 21.4191-2 (two sheets)
Main play: Hatsumonbi Kuruwa Soga
Additional play, added in the 2nd month: Gonin Otoko
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