Actors, from right: Mimasu Daigorô IV as Chichibu no Shigetada, Nakamura Utaemon IV as Higuchi Jirô, Mimasu Jakusaburô I as Komawakamaru and Kataoka Ichizô I as Gonshirô, and Nakayama Nanshi II as Jirô's wife Oyoshi, in Act 6 of Seisuiki

「盛衰記 巻ノ六」 「秩父ノ重忠」四代目三枡大五郎  「樋口次郎」四代目中村歌右衛門  「駒若丸」初代三枡雀三郎  「権四郎」初代片岡市蔵  「女房およし」二代目中山南枝

Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 8th month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865), Publisher Kinkadô Konishi (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 107; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #381


Vertical chûban tetraptych; 25 x 72.4 cm (9 13/16 x 28 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.35580a-d, 11.41970VR (11.41970, 11.41989a-b)

Play: Hiragana Seisuiki
Theater: Naka

The Ikeda bunko impression has no publisher’s mark; the MFA impressions have the marks of Kinkadô Konishi (11.35580a-d) and Tenmaya Kihei (11.41970VR).


Hirosada (on each 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: 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