Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô IX as Arajishi Otokonosuke (at right) and as Kezori Kuemon (at left), from the series Danjûrô IX in the Eighteen Great Hits of Kabuki, Old and New (Shinko kabuki jûhachiban, Kyûsei Danjûrô)
新古歌舞伎十八番之内 「荒獅子男之助」・「毛剃九右衛門」 九代目市川団十郎
Vertical ôban; 35 x 24.3 cm (13 3/4 x 9 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Center sheet of a triptych, from a series of three triptychs with a total of 18 images.
The MFA has all nine sheets in the set, 11.44394 to 11.44402, but the order in which they should be assembled is not clear.
Toyohara Kunichika hitsu
No censor's seal
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Gin
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)
 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