Imitating the Sanbasô Dance (Mitate Sanbasô)
Suzuki 1992, #291; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 5, Victoria and Albert Museum II (1987), pl. 37; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 3 (1963), #3073
Uchiwa-e on horizontal aiban sheet; 27.1 x 30.6 cm (10 11/16 x 12 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper, with slight hand-applied color
Not On View
From a triptych of fan prints showing women imitating the traditional dramatic characters Okina, Senzai, and Sanbasô, co-designed with Kunisada and Hiroshige.
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
Censor's seals: aratame, ...
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
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