Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I as Musashi Gorô, actually Yoshikado (R), and Sawamura Tanosuke III as Yosooi-hime (L)
Vertical ôban diptych; 26.3 x 49.5 cm (10 3/8 x 19 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The design of the seal appears to read “Goat 8,” but it is not the usual design for that month.
Play: Hanano no Tsuki Utou Hitofushi (or: Hanabusa no Kô Utou Hitofushi)
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
Censor's seal: Goat 8 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shô
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