Actor Ichikawa Ebizô (formerly Danjûrô V) as Mongaku Shônin
1791 (Kansei 3), 11th month
Artist Katsukawa Shunkô (Japanese, 1743–1812)
Hosoban; 29.3 x 13.9 cm (11 9/16 x 5 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Play: Kin no Menuki Genke no Kakutsuba (The Golden Sword Decoration and the Square Sword Guard of the Minamoto Family)
On this occasion, the former Ichikawa Danjûrô V changed his name to Ichikawa Ebizô, while his son Ichikawa Ebizô IV (with a different spelling) became Ichikawa Danjûrô VI.
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