Actors Nakamura Tomijûrô II as the Servant Ohatsu (R) and Mimasu Gennosuke I as Chûrô Onoe (L)

「お初 中村富十郎」(二代目)  「中老尾上 三枡源之助」(初代)

Edo period
1838 (Tenpô 9), 1st month
Artist Hasegawa Sadanobu I (Japanese, 1809–1879), Publisher Tenmaya Kihei (Tenki) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 103; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 3 (2001), #012; Kubo Tsunehiko and Sons Collection Ukiyo-e Hanga (2004), #38-20


Vertical ôban diptych; 40.2 x 54.4 cm (15 13/16 x 21 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Diptych (two left sheets of incomplete triptych): 17.3211.13 (right), 17.3211.14 (left)

From an album in which the names of the actors were covered with slips of decorative paper.

Play: Kagamiyama Kokyô no Nishikie (Color Prints of the Old Home Town at Mirror Mountain)
Theater: Kado
MFA impressions: 11.36462a-c (complete triptych), 17.3211.13-4 (two left sheets only)

The background of the triptych represents a woven plaid fabric, with appliqued letters made of other dyed fabrics spelling out the title of the play. This unusual compositional technique gives a fresh twist to the ever-popular story of the brave maidservant Ohatsu, who foils the plots of the evil lady-in-waiting Iwafuji.


Hasegawa Sadanobu ga (on each sheet)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection