Actors in Chûkô Koshigoejô, from right: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Gotobei, Nakamura Tamashichi I as the Maiden (Musume) Tokujo, Nakamura Karoku I as the Wife (Nyôbô) Sekinoto, and Mimasu Daigorô IV as Izumi no Saburô

「忠孝腰越状」 右から 「五斗兵衛」四代目中村歌右衛門 「娘とく女」初代中村玉七 「女房関女」初代中村歌六 「井水ノ三郎」四代目三枡大五郎

Edo period
1850 (Kaei 3), 8th month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 106; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #306


Overall: 25.5 x 73.5 cm (10 1/16 x 28 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.35554a-b, 11.35667a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Tetraptych: 11.35554a-b (two inside sheets), 11.35667a-b (two outside sheets)

Play: Yoshitsune Koshigoejô
Theater: Naka


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: 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