Actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Ghost of Asakura Tôgo

「朝倉当吾亡霊」 四代市川小団次

Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #26; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #113; Dai yôkai ten (2000), #95; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #177; Suzuki 1992, #314; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 76


Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 26 cm (14 13/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Diptych: 11.30460 (left), 11.38270 (right)

Play: Higashiyama Sakura Zôshi
Theater: Nakamura


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画


Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, shita-uri No blockcutter's mark 改印:米良、渡辺、シタ売 彫師:なし


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