Actor Matsumoto Kôshirô IV as Obiya Chôemon
1781 (An'ei 10/Tenmei 1), 3rd month
Artist Katsukawa Shunjô (Japanese, died in 1787)
Hosoban; 32.8 x 14.5 cm (12 15/16 x 5 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Right sheet of a diptych, with 21.6052 as the left sheet.
MFA impressions: 11.18454, 11.25178
Play (second feature, 1 of 3 on alternate days): Ohan Chôemon Michiyuki Segawa no Adanami
Play (main feature): Kabuki no Hana Bandai Soga
The main feature opened in the 2nd month and ran to the 4th month. Beginning in the 3rd month, the second feature consisted of three different romantic dance plays rotating in a three-day cycle.
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