An Old Tale of Conflict in the East (Mukashi gatari Azuma no tatehiki): Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Yottsuibishi Chôgorô (R), Bandô Hikosaburô V as Kogashira Mekurajimanohiko (C), Bandô Kamezô I as the Otokodate Kanehara (or Kinbara) no Kamezô, and Ichik
「昔語東立引」 「四ツイ菱長五郎」四代目中村芝翫 「小頭めくら島ノ彦」五代目坂東彦三郎 「男達金原の亀蔵」初代坂東亀蔵、「三ッ引市五郎」三代目市川市蔵
A related print by Kunisada: Waseda db 101-2726
Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 × 74 cm (14 3/8 × 29 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Imaginary performance (mitate).
Yoshiiku ga (on right and left sheets), Ichieisai Yoshiiku ga (on center sheet)
Censor's seal: Monkey 10 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Yasu kokutô
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