Moon: Actor Iwai Tojaku I, from an untitled series of Snow, Moon, and Flowers (Setsugekka)
雪月花のうち 月 初代岩井杜若
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)
Tsuda, "Ryûô-tei Edo no Hananari...," Ukiyo-e geijutsu 161 (2011), p. 45, fig. 10; Keyes, Surimono (Spencer Museum cat., 1984), cat. no. 153, pl. 40
Shikishiban; 20.8 x 18.5 cm (8 3/16 x 7 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Text introduction and poem translated in Keyes 1984, p. 102 (however, he identifies the actor as Iwai Hanshirô V).
Poem by Ryûsonsha Kochô: Suidô no/ wakamizu kumeba/ futatsu naki/ yama mo egao o/ utsusu hatsu zora
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
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