Actors Iwai Kumesaburô II as Agemaki (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Sukeroku (C), and Onoe Kikugorô III as Shinbei (L)

二代目岩井粂三郎の揚巻  八代目市川団十郎の助六  三代目尾上菊五郎の新兵衛

Edo period
about 1829 (Bunsei 12)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)

Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #41; Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #54; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #239 (L only); Bowie et al, Art of the Surimono (1979), #74 (C only); Crighton, The Floating World (1973), #I 62


Shikishiban triptych; 20.9 x 55.6 cm (8 1/4 x 21 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

On View

Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery (Gallery 184)


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 11.26729 (left), 11.26730 (right), 11.26731 (center)

MFA impressions: 11.26729-31, 21.7532-4

Poems translated in Izzard 1993, p. 121; Keyes 1985, vol. 1, p. 273 (L only); and Bowie et al. 1979, p. 124 (C only).


Right: Poem by Ryûôtei Hananari: Hana-ayame/ Edo murasaki no/iro ito mo/ Naniwa no mizu ni/ musubu Agemaki

Center: Poem by Tsukushitei Waki no Aritake: Hachimaki ni/ Edo murasaki no/ yokogasumi/ ima zo Naniwa mo/ haru to naritaya

Left: Poem by Ryûkatei Fûshi Mizugaki: Iroka o ba/ hoka e yuzurite/ kono hana no/ aniki to miyuru/ Naniwazu no haru

Poem by Ryûôtei Hananari: Sanga no tsu/ ichi to mo hito no/ medeyasen/ Fuji no onoe ni/ yuki no shirozake


Kôchôrô Kunisada 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