Nishiki-e print designed in the style of a kaomise banzuke and displaying the crest of the Ichimura Theater (Edo). This image was intended to bring the owner good luck and is known as an "uke-e".
Ôju Toyokuni hitsu (on left sheet) 応需豊国筆
Censor's seal: Horse 3 Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take 改印: 午三 彫師: 彫竹
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, 1858 (Ansei 5), 3rd month
- Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864
- Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô), Japanese
- Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)
Vertical ôban diptych; 36 x 51 cm (14 3/16 x 20 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper