Raikô and His Retainers Decapitate Shutendôji, from an untitled series of the Shutendôji story

酒呑童子 首斬り

Edo period
about 1680 (Enpô 8)
Artist Hishikawa Moronobu (Japanese, died 1694)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Edo yôkai dai zukan (2014), #3; Chiba City Art Mus., Hishikawa Moronobu ten (2000), cat. no. 77; Clark, Morse, Virgin, and Hockley, Dawn of the Floating World (2000-1), #8; Ukiyo-e shûka 1 (1983), pl. 59


Horizontal ôban; 27.2 x 34.6 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper, with some hand coloring added later

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



No. 12 in the series as listed in Chiba City Art Museum, Hishikawa Moronobu ten (2000), cat. nos. 66 to 83. The final print in the series (see 11.13424) has the number “19,” but only 18 prints are known. The MFA has 17 of them, lacking only no. 10 (Shutendôji’s drinking party, Chiba cat. no 75). The publisher, Urokogataya Sanzaemon, is given on the final 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