Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII in Shibaraku
about 1837–38 (Tenpô 8–9)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)
Iwakiri, Kuniyoshi (2011), #292; McKee, Colored in the Year's New Light (Becker coll. exh. ca., 2008), #132; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #192; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 319
Shikishiban; 21.6 x 18.7 cm (8 1/2 x 7 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Poems translated in McKee 2008, p. 264.
Poem by Rokugien Ginba: Medetasa wa/ chiyo ni yachiyo no/ hachidaime/ isamu kokoro no/ kimi ga hatsu haru
Poem by Rokuyaen: Shibaraku to/ ifu ma mo akete/ aratama no/ tsugite ureshiki/ uguisu no koe
Chôôrô Kuniyoshi ga
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