Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Fuwa no Banzaemon (R) and Bandô Mitsugorô IV as Nagoya Sanzaemon (L)
1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)
Vertical ôban diptych; 36.6 x 49.4 cm (14 7/16 x 19 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Play: Mukashi-gatari Inazuma-zôshi
Unidentified publisher’s mark.
Hanmoto no ôju Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Ôju Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)
Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura
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