Jiang Ge (Kô Kaku): (Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I as) Matagorô and (Iwai Kumesaburô III) as Hatsuhana, from the series Matches for the Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety (Mitate nijûshi kô)
1855 (Ansei 2), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)
Tokyo Metropolitan Library db 5714-C117
Vertical ôban; 35.3 x 23.9 cm (13 7/8 x 9 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Imaginary performance (mitate).
No publisher’s mark on this impression.
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 6
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