Evening Moon on the Sumida River (Bokusui no yûgetsu): Actors Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Ghost (Bôkon) of Nowake-hime and Sawamura Tanosuke III as Okumi, from the series Eight Views of Jôruri Ballads (Jôruri hakkei)
「浄瑠璃八景 常磐津 荵売」「墨水の夕月」野分姫亡魂 四代目市川小団次、おくみ 三代目沢村田之助
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kagiya Shôbei (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)
Vertical ôban; 35.3 x 24.4 cm (13 7/8 x 9 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Imaginary performance (mitate).
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censor's seal: Chicken 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Koizumi Hori Kane
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