Actor Nakamura Shijaku as Chaya Mawari Sankichi, from the series Mirrors for Collage Pictures in the Modern Style (Imayô oshi-e kagami)
「今様押絵鏡 茶屋廻リ三吉」 中村子雀
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), intercalary 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Fujiokaya Keijirô (Shôrindô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)
Vertical ôban; 34.8 x 24.5 cm (13 11/16 x 9 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Play: Hana-gatami Gojûsan Tsugi
Shijaku is a poetry name, probably of the Nakamura family; the actor has not been definitely identified.
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censor's seal: Monkey intercalary 3 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take
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