Precious Children's Sanbasô Dance (Kodakara Sanbasô), in the form of a Season-opening Program (Kaomise banzuke)
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige II (Shigenobu) (Japanese, 1826–1869)
Vertical ôban; 38.3 x 24.6 cm (15 1/16 x 9 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Right sheet of incomplete triptych.
MFA impressions: 11.38696 (right sheet only), 11.37253a-c (complete triptych)
Publisher’s name in lower right corner, not yet read.
(Ôju Hiroshige hitsu, on left sheet of triptych)
Censor's seal: (Boar 3 aratame, on left sheet of triptych)
Blockcutter's mark: (Hori Chô, on left sheet of triptych)
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