Actors Arashi Rikan III as Karigane Bunshichi, Mimasu Baisha I as An no Heibei, Nakamura Kanjaku II as Kaminari Shôkurô, Arashi Rikaku II as Gakuemon, Nakamura Tamashichi I as Gokuin Sen'emon, and Arashi Rikaku II as Hotei Ichiemon

「雁金文七 嵐璃寛」(三代目)、「安ノ平兵衛 三枡梅舎」(初代)  「雷庄九郎 中村翫雀」(二代目)  「覚左衛門 嵐璃珏」(二代目)  「こく印平右衛門 中村玉七」(初代)  「布袋市右衛門 嵐璃珏」(二代目)

Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 3rd month
Artist Isshusai Kunikazu (Japanese, active about 1848–1868)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 111


Vertical chûban pentaptych; 25 x 89.4 cm (9 13/16 x 35 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.35804a-e (complete pentaptych), 11.41927 (center left sheet only)

Play: Otokodate Itsutsu Karigane
Theater: Kado


Kunikazu (on sheets 1-4)



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