Actors Ichikawa Sukejûrô as Kakuju, Onoe Fujaku V as Kariya-hime (R), and Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as Kan Shôjô (L), in Act 2 of Sugawara

「菅原 巻弐」 「覚寿 市川助十郎」、「かりやひめ 尾上芙雀」(五代目)  「菅丞相 実川延三郎」(初代)

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; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #592


Vertical chûban diptych; 25 x 36.9 cm (9 13/16 x 14 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.20655, 11.21121

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.20655 (right), 11.21121 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.20655VR (11.20655, 11.21121; two right sheets only); 11.35798a-c (complete triptych)

Play: Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami
Theater: Naka


Kunikazu (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