Actors, from right: Matsumoto Kôshirô V as Hige no Ikyû, Segawa Kikunojô V as the Courtesan (Keisei) Agemaki, Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Agemaki's Sukeroku, Azuma Tozô IV as Shiratama, and Iwai Hanshirô V as a Vendor of White Sake (Shirozake-uri)

「髦の伊久 松本幸四郎」(五代目) 「けゐせいあげまき 瀬川菊之丞」(五代目) 「揚巻の助六 市川団十郎」(七代目) 「しら玉 吾妻藤蔵」(四代目) 「白酒うり 岩井半四郎」(五代目)

Edo period
1819 (Bunsei 2), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Matsumura Tatsuemon (Japanese)


Vertical ôban pentaptych; 37 x 124.9 cm (14 9/16 x 49 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22232-22234, 11.22280-22281

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Pentaptych: 11.22232 (C), 11.22233 (R), 11.22234 (CR), 11.22280 (L), 11.22281 (CL)


Gototei Kunisada ga (on sheets 1,2,3,5 from right), Kunisada ga (on sheet 4)
五渡亭国貞画 国貞画


Censor's seal: kiwame


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