Actor Bandô Mitsugorô III in Dance of Seven Changes, a Tetraptych (Shichi henge no uchi, yomai tsuzuki): as the courtesan Sakuragidayû (R), as Genta and a Rabbit (Usagi) (CR), as the Shirabyôshi Dancer Katsumi and Gobu no Mihozoemon (CL), and as Hesomura

「七変化の内 四枚つづき さくら木太夫 坂東三津五郎」(三代目)  「七へん化のうち よまい続 源太 うさぎ 阪東三津五郎」(三代目)  「七へん化之内 四枚続 しら拍子かつみ 五ぶのみほぞ右衛門 坂東三津五郎」(三代目)  「七変化之内 四枚続 へそむらおさん うかれ奴 坂東三津五郎」(三代目)

Edo period
1821 (Bunsei 4), 3rd month
Artist Ganjôsai Kunihiro (Japanese, active about 1815–1843), Publisher Tenmaya Kihei (Tenki) (Japanese), Publisher Sôshiya (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 90; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #015


Vertical ôban tetraptych; 38.3 x 105.5 cm (15 1/16 x 41 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Tetraptych, left to right: 11.36035, 11.36036, 11.36037, 11.36038

MFA impressions: 11.36035-8, 11.36039 (variant of right sheet),11.36295a-d

Play: Somemoyô Naniwa Miyage
Theater: Kado


Kunihiro 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