Actors Nakamura Matsue III as Satsuki-hime (R) and Nakamura Utaemon III as Ishikawa Goemon (L)

「さつきひめ 中村松江」(三代目)  「石川五右衛門 中村歌右衛門」(三代目)

Edo period
1817 (Bunka 14), 1st month
Artist Ashihisa (Japanese, active 1817), Publisher Shioya Chôbei

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 88; Riccar Museum, Kamigata Ukiyo-e 200-nen ten (1975), #55


Vertical ôban diptych; 38 x 50.9 cm (14 15/16 x 20 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Diptych: 11.35038 (right), 11.35039 (left)

Play: Keisei Chigo-ga-fuchi
Theater: Kado


Ashihisa ga (on each sheet, but spelled differently)

芦尚画 あし尚画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: 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