Actor Iwai Shijaku I (Iwai Hanshirô VII) as Shakuhachi's Wife Hitoyo, from the series The Book of the Eight Dog Heroes (Hakkenden inu no sôshi no uchi)
「八犬傳犬の草紙之内 尺八女房ひとよ（しゃくはちにょうぼうひとよ）」 初代岩井紫若（七代目岩井半四郎）
1852 (Kaei 5), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)
Chiba Museum, Hakkenden no sekai (2008), #61; Zusetsu Nihon no koten 19, Kyokutei Bakin (1980), fig. 74
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 16 of the Right group on the title page (11.39112).
MFA impressions: 11.39153, 11.44511
Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, Rat 9
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
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)
 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