Actors, from right: Ichikawa Ebijûrô I as Tanzaemon Motoyasu, No. 1; Fujikawa Tomokichi II as the Diving Woman (Ama) Chidori, No. 2; Nakamura Utaemon III as Seo Tarô, No. 3; and Ichikawa Danzô V as Shunkan, No. 4; in the play Heike Nyôgo-no-shima

「平家女護嶋」 「丹左衛門元保 市川蝦十郎」(初代)「一」  「海士千鳥 藤川友吉」(二代目)「二」  「瀬尾太郎 中村歌右衛門」(三代目)「三」  「しゆん寛 市川団蔵」(五代目)「四」

Edo period
1824 (Bunsei 7), 9th month
Artist Saikôtei Shibakuni (Japanese, active 1821–1826), Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832), Publisher Tenmaya Kihei (Tenki) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Musée national d'histoire et d'art, Luxembourg, Schätze der Kamigata (exh. cat., 2012), #416; Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 94; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #155


Vertical ôban tetraptych; 37.5 x 100.6 cm (14 3/4 x 39 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play: Heike Nyôgo-no-shima
Theater: Kado


Saikôtei Shibakuni ga (on 1, 2, and 4); Shunkôsai Hokushû ga (on 3)
西光亭芝国画 春好斎北洲


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