A Modern Version of the Story of Ushiwakamaru Serenading Jôruri-hime


Edo period
about 1785 (Tenmei 5)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0707 (#707A, first edition, pl. LXX; #707B, second edition, pl. LXXVII); Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #30.1-3; Ukiyo-e shûka 10 (1979), pls. 210-2 (Grabhorn collection, first state of first edition)


Vertical ôban; 38.4 x 25.3 cm (15 1/8 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Left sheet of incomplete triptych. Second state of the first edition, with the heads replaced by means of newly-cut inlays in the key block.
MFA impressions, all first edition, various states:
Right sheet: 11.13885 (second state), 11.13975 (key block, second state), 11.25128 (first state), 21.7505 (third state)
Center sheet: 11.13976 (key block, second state), 11.25130 (first state), 21.7504 (first state), 34.359 (first state)
Left sheet: 11.25129 (second state), 21.7503 (first state), 34.358 (first state)


Kiyonaga ga



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)

[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