Actors Fujikawa Kayû III as the Widow (Kôshitsu) Kaoyo (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Shikama Takubei (C), and Bandô Shûka I as Koshimoto Okaru (L)
「後室かほ世」三代目藤川花友 「しかま宅兵衛」八代目市川団十郎 「こし元おかる」初代坂東しうか
1851 (Kaei 4), 2nd month
Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 74.6 cm (14 x 29 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Unidentified publisher’s mark.
Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on right sheet); center sheet unsigned; Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)
Censors' seals: Hama, Magome
No blockcutter's mark
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