Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Sanbasô (R) and as Urashima (L)
「三番叟」 「浦しま」 四代中村歌右衛門
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 108; Keyes 1973, #118 (no photo)
Vertical chûban; 25 x 37 cm (9 13/16 x 14 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Two left sheets of an incomplete triptych. The right sheet has the Kawaoto publisher’s mark, and the left sheet has the Kinkadô Konishi publisher’s mark.
Play: Shiki Sanba
Hirosada (on each sheet)
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