The Ise Dance with Cherry-blossom Door Panels (Ise ondo sakura fusuma)
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1873)
Vertical ôban triptych; 36.4 × 73.5 cm (14 5/16 × 28 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Performed at the Bizen-ya in the pleasure quarters of Ise Furuichi, the town adjacent to the Ise Shrine. Despite the title, the decorative cherry blossom design behind the dancers appears to be on hanging curtains (noren) rather than slidfing door panels (fusuma).
Gyokuransai Sadahide ga (on right sheet), Gyokuran Sadahide ga (on center and left sheets)
Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
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