Actors Tomizawa Hanazaburô and Bandô Matakurô II as Warriors, from an untitled series of Theater Pictures (Shibai-e)

芝居絵 富沢半三郎、坂東又九郎

Edo period
about 1711 (Hôei 8/Shôtoku 1)
Artist Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764)

Catalogue Raisonné

Mutô, Shoki Ukiyo-e to Kabuki (2005), no. 1819; Clark, Morse, Virgin, and Hockley, Dawn of the Floating World (2000-1), #61; Shibui, "Masanobu no sumi-e," Ukiyo-e no kenkyû VI.3 (March 1929), #D-10


Horizontal ôban; 27.5 x 36.2 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Ten sheets from the set of twelve: 11.13361 to 11.13369 and 21.5731, plus an additional half sheet, 21.7199. The plays that can be identified were performed between 1709 and 1710, and so the series may have been made for New Year of 1711.

Roles and play unidentified; the actors appeared together at the Morita Theater in 1708–1710 and at the Nakamura Theater from 1710.11.


(On the final sheet in the series: Tôbu Yamato Eshi Okumura Masanobu zu)


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