Actors Arashi Rikaku II as Miyamoto Musashi (R) and Mimasu Baisha I as Shirakura Dengozaemon (L), in the play Ganryûjima

「宮本無三四 嵐璃珏」(二代目)  「白倉伝五右衛門 三枡梅舎」(初代) 「巌流島」

Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 2nd month
Artist Kinoshita Hironobu I (Japanese, active about 1851–1870)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 116 (as 11.35071-2; this # not listed); Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 3 (2001), #386


Vertical chûban diptych; 24.5 x 36.8 cm (9 5/8 x 14 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.35071-2, 11.41990a-b

Play: Katakiuchi Ganryûjima
Theater: Kado


Gohotei Hironobu ga (on right sheet), Hironobu ga (on left sheet)

五蒲亭広信画 広信画


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)

[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