Actor Kawarazaki Gonnosuke (Gonjûrô I) in Ten Roles: Shibaraku, Ôboshi Yuranosuke, Hanakawado Sukeroku, Tateba Taiheiji, Katô Masakiyo, Kirare Yosaburô, Jiraiya, Omatsuri Sashichi, Ono Sadakurô, and Musashibô Benkei

「河原崎権之助」  「しばらく 大星由良之助 花川戸助六 立場太平次 加藤正清 きられ与三郎 じらいや お祭佐七 斧定苦労 武蔵坊弁慶」

Meiji era
1869 (Meiji 2), 9th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Masadaya Heikichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôta Masukichi (Hori Masu) (Japanese)


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.9 × 74.9 cm (14 1/8 × 29 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.41578a-b, 11.45481

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 11.41578a-b (center and left sheets), 11.45481 (right sheet)

All of the names of the roles are given together in the cartouche on the left sheet. Right sheet, clockwise from top: Ôboshi Yuranosuke, Tateba Taiheiji, and Hanakawado Sukeroku. Center sheet, clockwise from top: Shibaraku, Kirare Yosa, Katô Masakiyo, and Jiraiya. Left sheet, clockwise from top: Omatsuri Sashichi, Ono Sadakurô, and Musashibô Benkei.


Ôju Kunichika hitsu (on right sheet), Kunichika hitsu (on left sheet)
応需国周筆 国周筆


Censor's seal: Snake 9 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Ôta Hori Masu


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