Actors Nakamura Kanjaku II as Kamiya Iemon (R) and Arashi Rikaku II as the Ghost (Rei) of Oiwa (L) in Yotsuya Kaidan

「四谷怪談」「神谷伊右衛門 中村翫雀」(二代目)  「お岩霊 嵐璃珏」(二代目)

Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 8th month
Artist Hasegawa Munehiro (Japanese, active 1848–1867)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 113; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 3 (2001), #343


Vertical chûban diptych; 24.2 x 36.2 cm (9 1/2 x 14 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play: Tôkaidô Yotsuya Kaidan
Theater: Chikugo


Munehiro (on right sheet), Munehiro ga (on left sheet)

宗広 宗広画


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