Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V as Nagoya Sanza and Nakamura Shikan IV as Fuwa Banzaemon in Irokurabe Futatsu Hanabira
「色くらべ双花葩」「名古屋山三」五代目坂東彦三郎 「不破伴左衛門」 四代目中村芝翫
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Koshimuraya Heisuke (Koshihei) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)
Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 25.7 cm (14 1/4 x 10 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Imaginary performance (mitate).
Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censor's seal: Chicken 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: 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