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 triptych; 39.4 x 72.9 cm (15 1/2 x 28 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 21.7503 (left), 21.7504 (center), 21.7505 (right)
The right sheet only is from the third state of the first edition, with the heads replaced by means of newly-cut inlays in the key block and the interior scene at the center right edge slightly altered.
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 (on each sheet)


Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection