Actors Arashi Kichisaburô III as Matsuômaru (R), Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as Umeômaru, and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Sakuramaru (L), in Act 3 of Sugawara

「菅原 巻ノ三」 「松王丸 嵐吉三郎」(三代目)  「梅王丸 実川延三郎」(初代)  「桜丸 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)

Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 3rd month
Artist Isshusai Kunikazu (Japanese, active about 1848–1868), Publisher Kinkodô (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 112; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #591


Vertical chûban triptych; 25.3 x 54.4 cm (9 15/16 x 21 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.21104VR (11.21104, 11.21119-20), 11.35795a-c

Play: Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami
Theater: Naka

The Ikeda bunko impression has the mark of publisher Tsutakan; both MFA impressions have the mark of publisher Kinkodô.


Kunikazu (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: 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