Comparisons of Rising Skills (Hana kurabe noboru udemae): Actors Ichikawa Yonegorô I, Nakamura Tsuruzô I, Ichikawa Danzô VI, Nakamura Shikan IV, Matsumoto Kinshô II, Bandô Mitsugorô VI, Bandô Hikosaburô V, Nakamura Fukusuke II, Ichikawa Shinsha I, Ichikaw
花競昇勝業（はなくらべのぼるうでまえ） 初代市川米五郎、初代中村鶴蔵、六代目市川団蔵、四代目中村芝翫、二代目松本錦升、六代目坂東三津五郎、五代目坂東彦三郎、二代目中村福助、初代 市川新車、初代市川小文次、初代河原崎権十郎、初代 河原崎国太郎
Waseda db 012-1224, 012-1238, 012-1330 (this sheet); 012-1223 (right sheet); 012-1225, 012-1239 (left sheet)
Vertical ôban; 36.8 x 24.4 cm (14 1/2 x 9 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Center sheet of incomplete triptych; title on right sheet, publisher’s mark on left sheet.
Censor's seal: Rat 2 aratame
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