First Play of the Stage-opening Performance at the Ichimura Theater (Ichimura-za butai hiraki kyôgen shisome no zu): Actor Ichikawa Kuzô II as Senzai, with Musicians Namizaki Toyomoji, Namizaki Tokuji, and Tomimoto Buzendayû
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Right sheet of incomplete triptych.
MFA impressions: 11.22244 (right sheet), 11.22245 (left sheet), 11.43385a-c (complete triptych)
Ôju Kunisada ga
Censor's seal: kiwame
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)
 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