Loquat Flower of the Secret Melody (Hikyoku no biwa no hana): (Actor Ichikawa Ebizô V as) Matsunami Kengyô, actually Akushichibyôe, from the series Popular Matches for Thirty-six Selected Flowers (Tôsei mitate sanjûroku kasen)
「当盛見立三十六花撰（とうせいみたてさんじふろくくわせん） 秘曲の枇杷の花 松浪検校実ハ悪七兵ヱ」 五代目市川海老蔵
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hiranoya Shinzô (Aikindô), Blockcutter Ôta Komakichi (Hori Koma, Hori Tashichi) (Japanese)
Vertical ôban; 35.6 x 24 cm (14 x 9 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The series: 36 sheets (11.42370-11.42405) plus title page (11.26606).
Nanajûhachi ô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censor's seal: Boar 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ôta Tashichi
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