Earth (Tsuchi): Actors Nakamura Kanjaku III as Chûrô Onoe and Ôtani Tomomatsu I as the Maid (Meshitsukai) Hatsu, in Tsugiawase Koshiji no Meiboku, from the series Matches for the Five Elements (Mitate gogyô no uchi)

「見立五行の内 土」 「接合北国梅」 「中老尾上 中村翫雀」(三代目)、「召仕はつ 大谷友松」(初代)

Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 1st month
Artist Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki (Japanese, 1841–1899), Publisher Ishikawaya Wasuke (Ishiwa) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 118; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 5 (2005), #201


Vertical chûban; 25.1 x 18.2 cm (9 7/8 x 7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.35541 (yellow background), 11.42998 (white embossed background)

Play: Tsugiawase Koshiji no Meiboku
Theater: Chikugo


Yoshitaki ga



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