Mysterious Iris (Nazo no ayame): (Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as) Ôtaka Tonomo, 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） 謎のあやめ 大高主殿」 四代目中村芝翫
Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 24.1 cm (13 15/16 x 9 1/2 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).
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censor's seal: Chicken 10 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa 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