Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Hisakata-hime, Arashi Kichisaburô III as Kimura Tatewaki (R), and Nakamura Tomijûrô II as the Spirit of the Earth Spider (Tsuchigumo no sei) (L)
Waseda db 101-5592 (R), 101-5593 (C), 101-5594 (L)
Vertical ôban diptych; 35 x 48.5 cm (13 3/4 x 19 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Center and left sheets of incomplete triptych.
MFA impressions: 11.22489a-b (center and left sheets), 2016.1300 (right and center sheets)
Play: Oguri Hangan Kuruma Kaidô
Play (main feature): Kana Kyôdai Musume no Adauchi
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, Ox 9
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ta (?)
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