Actors Ichikawa Yaozô II as Kujaku Saburô, Matsumoto Kôshirô II as Hata no Daizen Taketora (R), Nakajima Mihoemon II as Aramaki Mimishirô, and Nakamura Shôchô as Ôtomo no Kuronushi (L), from an unidentified book of theatrical scenes
1771 (Meiwa 8), 11th month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)
A similar book: Hillier, Art of the Japanese Book (1987), vol. 1, pp. 337-9
Two chûbon pages; 21 x 28 cm (8 1/4 x 11 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Diptych: 11.19785 (right), 11.19790 (left); virtual record: 11.19785VR (11.19785, 11.19790).
Play: Kuni no Hana Ono no Itsumoji
A similar book dated 1771-1772: 2006.1790 (3 vol. in 1), 2006.1791 (first vol. only)
(one page unsigned)
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