Actors, from right: Ichikawa Danzô VI as Kudô Saemon, Fujikawa Tomokichi III as Maizuru-hime, Nakamura Tamashichi I as Kobayashi Asahimaru, Kataoka Gadô II as Soga Jûrô, and Ichikawa Ebizô V as Soga Gorô, in Act 1 of Soga Monogatari

「曽我物語 巻一」 「工藤左右衛門」六代目市川団蔵  「舞つる姫」三代目藤川友吉  「小林朝日丸」初代中村玉七  「曽我十郎」二代目片岡我童  「曽我五郎」五代目市川海老蔵

Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 1st month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865), Publisher Kawaoto (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 108; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #496


Vertical chûban pentaptych; 24.3 x 88.7 cm (9 9/16 x 34 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play: Keisei Soga Haru no Fujigane
Theater: Kado


Hirosada (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: 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