Actors, from right: Iwai Shijaku I as Tamuramaru, Nakamura Utaemon III as Idaten Keibu, Arashi Rikan II as Seki no Shôichi, and Nakamura Matsue III as Tsukiyuki-hime

「田村丸 岩井紫若」(初代)  「韋駄天刑部 中村歌右衛門」(三代目)  「関ノ正市 嵐璃寛」(二代目)  「月雪姫 中村松江」(三代目)

Edo period
1832 (Tenpô 3)
Artist Shunbaisai Hokuei (Japanese, active about 1824–1837, died 1837), Artist Gochôtei Sadamasu I (Kunimasu) (Japanese, active 1834–1852), Publisher Wataya Kihei (Wataki) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 99


Vertical ôban tetraptych; 37.5 x 102.7 cm (14 3/4 x 40 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Tetraptych, from right to left: 11.35278, 11.35279, 11.35280, 11.35281

Mitate (imaginary performance).


Utagawa Sadamasu ga (on R and CL); Shunbaisai Hokuei ga (on CR and L)
歌川貞升画 春梅斎北英画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: 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