Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Asahina and Ichikawa Monnosuke III as Tsukisayo
1824 (Bunsei 7)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)
MFA, Hokusai (2013), #125; Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #232 (the complete set, #s 229-233); other prints from the series: Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #s 172-3
Shikishiban; 21 x 18.5 cm (8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
From a set of five prints showing actors costumed for a Soga Brothers play in imaginary New Year scenes; each features Ichikawa Danjuro VII with an actor of female roles.
「遠山のまゆうを霞にかくしても ふけてハミえぬ春の月小夜 文麗舎繁躬」
「たはふるゝさか沢潟（おもだか）のよろひ蝶 羽もおもけなる花のはる風 文泉舎鈴繁」
「あけてけさいはへる屠蘇のさかつきに 色とる隈やミつの朝比奈 文陽舎春樹」
Hitomane suru Saru no hatsuharu, Katsushika no oyaji Iitsu hitsu
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)
 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