Actors Ichikawa Ebizô V as Tarôzaemon (R) and Ichikawa Ebijûrô IV as Umanokami (L) in Ôtô no Miya Asahi no Yoroi
「大塔宮曦鎧」 「太郎左衛門」五代目市川海老蔵 「右馬之頭」四代目市川鰕十郎
1857 (Ansei 4), 8th month
Artist Isshusai Kunikazu (Japanese, active about 1848–1868)
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 110; Keyes, PMA cat. (1973), #236 (complete triptych, no photo, actor IDs partly incorrect)
Vertical chûban diptych; 25.7 x 37.8 cm (10 1/8 x 14 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Two sheets of an incomplete triptych; the third sheet shows Arashi Rikan III as Hanazono.
Play: Ôtô no Miya Asahi no Yoroi
Kunikazu (on each sheet)
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