Actors, from right: Seki Sanjûrô II as Sugikura Kisonosuke Ujimoto, Nakamura Tamijûrô II as Fuse-hime, Arashi Rikan II as Kanamari Daisuke, and Nakayama Nanshi II as the Courtesan (Keisei) Tamazusa

「杉倉木曽介氏元 関三十郎」(二代目)  「ふせひめ 中村富十郎」(二代目)  「金鞠大輔 嵐璃寛」(二代目)  「けいせい玉梓 中山南枝」(二代目)

Edo period
1836 (Tenpô 7), 1st month
Artist Shunbaisai Hokuei (Japanese, active about 1824–1837, died 1837), Publisher Tenmaya Kihei (Tenki) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Museum, Hakkenden no sekai (2008), #192; Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 101; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #374


Vertical ôban tetraptych; 37.3 x 99.6 cm (14 11/16 x 39 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Tetraptych: 11.35282 (right), 11.35283 (center right), 11.35284 (center left), 11.35285 (left)

Play: Hana no Ani Tsubomi no Yatsufusa
Theater: Naka


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