Actor Nakamura Tomijûrô I as a Female Narihira, from a Dance of Seven Changes
1778 (An'ei 7), 9th month
Artist Katsukawa Shunkô (Japanese, 1743–1812)
Hosoban; 32.1 x 14.7 cm (12 5/8 x 5 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Mounted together: 11.18320 (Female Narihira, R) and 11.18326 (Court lady, L).
MFA impressions: 11.18320, 21.6105
Play (Dance of Seven Changes): Kurikaesu Shichiyô Kagami
Nakamura Tomijûrô I in a farewell performance before his return to Kamigata. The seven roles were: (1) Court lady (Kanjo); (2) Hobbyhorse dance (Harukoma); (3) Maiden (Musume), with announcement of his departure; (4) Iris dance of the female Narihira; (5) Doll festival doll playing a drum; (6) Old man of the mountains (Yamagatsu); and (7) Lion dance (Shakkyô).
Shunkô ga (on each sheet)
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)
 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