Actors Arashi Rikan III as Yaegiri-hime (R), Arashi Rikaku II as Katsuyori (C), and Nakamura Sennosuke as Nureginu (L), in Honchô Nijûshi Kô

「本朝廿四孝」 「八重垣姫 嵐璃寛」(三代目)  「勝頼 嵐璃珏」(二代目)  「ぬれ絹 中むら千之助」

Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 10th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 114; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 5 (2005), #123


Vertical chûban triptych; 24 x 53.7 cm (9 7/16 x 21 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.35522 (center sheet only), 11.36183a-c

Play: Honchô Nijûshi Kô
Theater: Kado

The Kamigata actor Nakamura Sennosuke, active between 1825 and 1885, is identified in the Ikeda Bunko catalogue as Sennosuke I; but according to the Kabuki21 website, the name was first used in Edo in 1792.1 to 1799.10. Officially, the name Sennosuke II was awarded to a Tokyo actor during the Meiji era. Furthermore, there may have been more than one Kamigata actor using the name between 1825 and 1885. In view of the confusion, for the time being, no lineage number has been assigned to the Nakamura Sennosuke active in Kamigata.


Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki sha (on right sheet), Yoshitaki ga (on center sheet), Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki ga (on left sheet)
一養亭芳瀧寫 芳瀧画 一養亭芳瀧画


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