Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Katô Masakiyo (R) and Nakamura Tomosa II as the boatman Yojibei (L), in Act 3 of Kiyome no Funauta

「清船諷 巻ノ三 加藤正清」 四代目中村歌右衛門  「船頭与次兵衛」 二代目中村友三

Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 1st month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865), Publisher Kawaoto (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 107 (as 11.35583a-b; this # not listed); Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #337


Vertical chûban diptych; 25.2 x 37 cm (9 15/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.35583a-b (with no publisher’s mark), 11.41988a-b (with mark of Kawaoto, as on Ikeda bunko impression)

Play: Keisei Kiyome no Funauta
Theater: Naka


Hirosada (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: 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