Actors Arashi Rikaku II as Ume no Yoshibei (R) and Nakamura Tamashichi I as the Apprentice (Detchi) Chôkichi (L) in Nonaka no Ido
「野中の井戸 梅ノ由兵衛」二代目嵐璃珏 「でつち長吉」初代中村玉七
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 108; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #469
Vertical chûban diptych; 25.5 x 37.2 cm (10 1/16 x 14 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Play: Akanezome Nonaka no Kakureido
The Ikeda bunko impression has Kinkadô Konishi publisher’s mark. The MFA impression has Tenmaya Kihei publisher’s mark.
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