Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as a Mask Seller (Men-uri)
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kiya Sôjirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)
Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 25.7 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
One sheet of incomplete polyptych?
Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Shiki Bundai Nagori no Hana
Play (main feature): Chûshin Akatsuki no Tori
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censor's seal: Monkey 5 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Kane
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