Actors Ichikawa Udanji I as Kainosuke (R) and Onoe Tamizô II as Komakine Hachirô (L), in Irokurabe Aki no Nanakusa [sic; actually Keisei Nazuna no Sekku]

「色競秋七草」(けいせい薺佳節) 「甲斐之助 市川右団治」(初代)  「駒木根八郎 尾上多見蔵」(二代目)

Meiji era
1873 (Meiji 6), February
Artist Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki (Japanese, 1841–1899)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 121 (dated 1873)


Vertical chûban diptych; 24.3 x 35.6 cm (9 9/16 x 14 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play: Keisei Nazuna no Sekku
Theater: Kado

A recycled version of 11.36130a-b, with a different color scheme and a different actor on the left. However, someone forgot to change the title of the play, in the red box at upper right, and so it still refers to the earlier production, Irokurabe Aki no Nanakusa, at the Naka Theater in 1867.8.


Yoshitaki (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