Actors Asao Kuzaemon I as Dôkaneya Kôbei (R), Arashi Kichisaburô II as Nippondaemon (C), and Arashi Koroku IV as Kiba no Osai (L)

「銅かねや幸兵衛 浅尾工左衛門」(初代)  「日本歌右衛門 嵐吉三郎」(二代目)  「牙のおさい あらし小六」(四代目)

Edo period
1819 (Bunsei 2), 9th month
Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832), Artist Baien (Japanese, active 1819), Publisher Shôhonya Seishichi (Honsei) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 89; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #077


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.5 x 73.7 cm (14 3/4 x 29 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 11.35419 (right), 11.35420 (center), 11.35421 (left)

Right and left sheets by Hokushû, center sheet by Baien.

MFA impressions:
Complete triptych, by Baien and Hokushû: 11.35419-21
Center sheet only, by Baien (different edition): 11.35107, 11.38809

Play: Tôtomigata Koi no Shiranami
Theater: Naka


Shunkôsai Hokushû ga (on right and left sheets), Baien sha (on center sheet)
春好斎北洲画 楳莚写


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)

[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