An Old Story ... of a Pilgrimage to Kiyomizu (Mukashigatari ... Kiyomizu-môde): Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Sonobe Samonnosuke (R) and Seki Sanjûrô VIII as the Servant (Shimobe) Tsumahei (L)
「昔語」 八代目市川団十郎の園部佐門之助 「清水詣」 三代目関三十郎の下部妻平
Vertical ôban diptych; 38 x 52.5 cm (14 15/16 x 20 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Right and left sheets of an incomplete triptych. The missing center sheet shows Iwai Kumesaburô III as Usuyuki-hime.
Play: Butai no Hana Yayoi no Irodoki
Hanmoto no ôju Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)
Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura
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: 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