Actors Ichikawa Ebizô VI (?) and Naritaya Sôbei I, from the series Four Heavenly Kings for the Katsushika Group (Katsushika Shitennô)
1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)
Rijksmuseum cat. IV, Hiroshige and the Utagawa School (1984), #144a
Shikishiban; 20.9 x 18.2 cm (8 1/4 x 7 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigment on paper
Not On View
Three prints from the series, possibly a polyptych: 00.1943, 00.1944, 11.19894
Possibly from the play Yamato Moji Iroha no Kaomise at the Kawarazaki theater in the 11th month of 1829 (Bunsei 12). The character for “Tiger” in the costume of the figure holding the sword suggests that this is a New Year surimono for the Year of the Tiger, 1830.
Poems by Kamenoya Osamaru, Bunryûsha Masazumi and Bunbunsha.
「亀の屋於佐丸 福つゝみくらけと見せて海老の眼をたのむ光りの春そのとけき」「文柳舎正住 ゑひ染のかすみの衣のきそはしめおさなきはまによく似合けり」「文々舎 松竹のめてたきかきりならひたるくひつみの海老」
Kôchôrô Kunisada ga
Artist's seal: double toshidama
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