Actors Arashi Tokusaburô IV as Ushiwakamaru (R) and Onoe Tamizô II as Benkei (L), in the play Hashi Benkei

「橋弁慶 牛若丸 嵐徳三郎」 (四代目)  「弁慶 尾上多見蔵」(二代目)

Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 9th month
Artist Kinoshita Hironobu I (Japanese, active about 1851–1870), Publisher Kinokuniya Yasubei (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 118; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 3 (2001), #408


Vertical chûban diptych; 24.5 x 35.3 cm (9 5/8 x 13 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Diptych: 11.35053 (right), 11.35054 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.35053-4 (complete diptych), 11.41921 (left sheet only)

Play: Hashi Benkei (Benkei at the Bridge)
Theater: Kado


Hakusuisai Hironobu (on right sheet), Hironobu (on left 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