Probably the two right sheets of an incomplete triptych. Actors as characters in a Soga Brothers play, who in turn represent the Seven Gods of Good Fortune in the Treasure Boat.
Ôkô (Konomi ni ojite) Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 豊国画(年玉枠)
Censors' seals: Mera, Murata, shita-uri
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) NOTES:  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
Japanese, Edo period, about 1850 (Kaei 3)
- Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864
- Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô), Japanese
Vertical ôban diptych; 36.2 x 50.2 cm (14 1/4 x 19 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper