Actor Matsumoto Kôshirô IV as Obiya Chôemon
1781 (An'ei 10/Tenmei 1), 3rd month
Artist Katsukawa Shunjô (Japanese, died in 1787)
Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), fig. 9 (complete diptych)
Hosoban; 29.6 x 14.2 cm (11 5/8 x 5 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Left sheet of incomplete diptych.
Play: Kabuki no Hana Bandai Soga
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