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Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Mongaku praying in Nachi Waterfall and Matsumoto Kôshirô V as Fudô Myôô

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MFA impressions: 11.15063, 11.19911 Poem translated in Izzard 1993, p. 122.


Poem by Umenoya: Katageyuku/ nawa makidaru no/ takisui ni/ nioi o amiru/ ume no oikaze かたけゆく縄まき樽の滝水に匂ひをあみるうめの追風  梅廼屋


Ôkô Kunisada ga 応好国貞画


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) NOTES: [1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1829–32 (Bunsei 12–Tenpô 3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage (2004), #37.4; Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #278; Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #55; Ukiyo-e taikei 10 (1976), #139; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. III (1963), #2683


Shikishiban, upright diptych; 42.5 x 18.9 cm (16 3/4 x 7 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper