The Story of Nippondaemon and the Cat (Nippondaemon neko no koji): Actor Onoe Kikugorô III as Kotoura (?)
1847 (Kôka 4), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)
Dai yôkai ten (2000), #101
Vertical ôban; 40.5 x 28.3 cm (15 15/16 x 11 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper
Not On View
Right sheet of incomplete triptych.
MFA impressions: 11.27023-5 (complete triptych, color), 11.38138 (right sheet only, key block)
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
Censors' seals: Hama, Kinugasa
No blockcutter's mark
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