Actors, from right: Nakamura Utaemon III as Komafune Hachirô; Nakamura Tomijûrô II as Okane; Arashi Rikan II as Awashima Kainosuke; Nakamura Shikan II as Amako Komawakamaru; and Iwai Shijaku I as Osamu, actually Yukari no Mae

「壱」「駒夫根八郎 中村歌右衛門」(三代目)  「弐」「駒舟女房おかね 中村富十郎」(二代目)  「三」「粟島甲斐之助 嵐璃寛」(二代目)  「四」「尼子駒若丸 登り中村芝翫」(二代目)  「五」「馬方おさく実はゆかりノ前 岩井紫若」(初代)

Edo period
1834 (Tenpô 5), 1st month
Artist Shunbaisai Hokuei (Japanese, active about 1824–1837, died 1837), Publisher Wataya Kihei (Wataki) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 100; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #322; Keyes 1973, #165a-e and pl. 48


Vertical ôban pentaptych; 38.5 x 129.7 cm (15 3/16 x 51 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Pentaptych, from right: 11.35206, 11.35207, 11.35208, 11.35209, 11.35210

Mitate cast for the play Keisei Himehajime or Keisei Nazuna no Sekku.


Shunbaisai Hokuei 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)

[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