The Barrier Ticket of Love, a Courtesan Play (Keisei Koi no Sekifuda)
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 119; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #634
Vertical chûban, two-tier octaptych
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink, color and metallic pigment on paper
Not On View
Upper half by Kunikazu, lower half by Yoshitaki.
Actors, from top right: Nakamura Jakuemon I as Edo Yosaku, Ôtani Tomomatsu I as Modoriuma Hachizô, Nakamura Nakasuke II as Hinuka no Hachizô, Jitsukawa Enjaku I as the packhorse driver Yosaku; from bottom right: Arashi Hinasuke VII as Satake Jûnai, Jitsukawa Gakujûrô I as Iwakura Tatewaki, Jitsukawa Enzaburô II as Sasaki Genjirô and Jitsukawa Yaozô I as the footman Gengosa, and Ogino Senjo I as Shigenoi.
Play: Keisei Koi no Sekifuda (The Barrier Ticket of Love, a Courtesan Play)
Jô yonmai (top four sheets) Utagawa Kunikazu, ge yonmai (bottom four sheets) Ichiyôsai Yoshitaki (both signatures on lower right 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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection