Actors Yamashita Kinsaku II as Kagekiyo's Wife Akoya (R), Nakamura Nakazô I as a Fern Seller (Shinobu-uri), actually the Ghost of Dainichibô (C), and Ichikawa Monnosuke II as Hisamatsu (L)

二代目山下金作の景清女房あこや  初代中村仲蔵の荵売実ハ大日坊亡魂  二代目市川門之助の久松

Edo period
1775 (An'ei 4), 1st month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)


Hosoban triptych; 30.8 x 41.9 cm (12 1/8 x 16 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.18894, 11.18897, 11.18898

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 11.18894 (right), 11.18897 (left), 11.18898 (center)

MFA impressions: 11.18894VR (11.18894, 11.18897, 11.18898) (complete), 21.4175 (center sheet only), 21.4264 (right sheet only)

Play: Shinobugusa Koi no Utsushie (Jôruri)
Play: Iromoyô Aoyagi Soga
Theater: Nakamura


Shunshô 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