The upper half of the center sheet of a double-ôban triptych. Mark of publisher Yorozuya Jûbei and censor's seal Hama on the lower half of the sheet.
(Kunisada aratame nidaime Toyokuni ga, on each sheet of triptych, cut off of this impression)
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, 1845 (Kôka 2)
- Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864
Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 5, Victoria and Albert Museum II (1987), pl. 29 (complete triptych); Crighton, The Floating World (1973), #II.74
Horizontal ôban-sized fragment, upper half of double ôban sheet
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper