Actors Sawamura Sôjûrô I as Kyô no Kojirô and Yamamoto Kyôshirô I as Ômi no Kotôda

「近江小藤太 山本京四郎」(初代)、「京小次郎 沢村宗十郎」(初代)

Edo period
1740 (Genbun 5), 1st month
Artist Torii Kiyonobu II (Japanese, active about 1725–1760), Or Torii Kiyomasu II (Japanese, 1706–1763), Publisher Okumuraya

Catalogue Raisonné

Mutô, Shoki Ukiyo-e to Kabuki (2005), no. 0173 (under Kiyonobu II)


Hosoban; 30.8 x 15 cm (12 1/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (urushi-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color and nikawa

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Damage in the area of the signature makes the attribution uncertain.

Play: Himekazari Nishiki Soga
Theater: Nakamura


Eshi Torii Kiyo(-masu? -nobu?) hitsu


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)

[1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection