Actors Ichikawa Yaozô II as Kujaku Saburô, Matsumoto Kôshirô II as Hata no Daizen Taketora (R), Nakajima Mihoemon II as Aramaki Mimishirô, and Nakamura Shôchô as Ôtomo no Kuronushi (L), from an unidentified book of theatrical scenes

二代目市川八百蔵の孔雀三郎、二代目松本幸四郎の秦の大膳武虎  二代目中島三甫右衛門の荒巻耳四郎、中村少長の大伴の黒主

Edo period
1771 (Meiwa 8), 11th month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)

Catalogue Raisonné

A similar book: Hillier, Art of the Japanese Book (1987), vol. 1, pp. 337-9


Two chûbon pages; 21 x 28 cm (8 1/4 x 11 in.)

Accession Number

11.19785, 11.19790

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Diptych: 11.19785 (right), 11.19790 (left); virtual record: 11.19785VR (11.19785, 11.19790).

Play: Kuni no Hana Ono no Itsumoji
Theater: Nakamura

A similar book dated 1771-1772: 2006.1790 (3 vol. in 1), 2006.1791 (first vol. only)


(one page unsigned)


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