Actors Greeting the Audience (kôjô): Ichikawa Saruzô I and Ichikawa Ebizô V
Vertical ôban; 40.2 x 28 cm (15 13/16 x 11 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper
Not On View
Left sheet of an incomplete diptych.
MFA impressions (complete diptych): 11.29978-9, 11.43918a-b
MFA impressions (left sheet only): 11.39057 (key block), 11.45345, *11.45346 (deaccessioned in 2012)
Play: Arigata ya O-Edo no Kagekiyo
Commemorating the return of Ichikawa Ebizô V to Edo after his exile in Kamigata.
「寿海老人にかはりて 帰る雁水道の恩や土の味 六造庵」
Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga
Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Watanabe
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