Actors Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Matsugae Matonosuke (R) and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Nikki Danjô (L)
「松ヶ枝的之助 片岡仁左衛門」（八代目） 「仁木弾正」 五代目坂東彦三郎
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 4th month (R), 1857 (Ansei 4), 10th month (L)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Daikokuya Kinnosuke (Kinjirô) (Japanese)
Folan et al, Stars of the Tokyo Stage (2012), p. 86
Vertical ôban diptych; 37.5 x 51.3 cm (14 3/4 x 20 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Diptych: 11.21569 (right), 11.21570 (left)
Play: Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki
The left sheet of the diptych was recycled, without any alterations, from an earlier production, in which the same actor had played the same role, at the Ichimura Theater in 1857. See 11.44296a-c for the first version.
For a similar, earlier case of recycling by the same publisher, see 11.40825a-b.
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 10 (left sheet); Chicken 4 aratame (right sheet)
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: 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