Actors Iwai Hanshirô VI as Giô, Iwai Hanshirô VI as Gijo, and (in inset) Iwai Hanshirô V as Hotoke Gozen
Waseda db 005-0600, 201-2118
Vertical ôban; 35.6 x 23.3 cm (14 x 9 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.28803, 11.38380
Possibly a memorial print for Iwai Tojaku (formerly Iwai Hanshirô V), who died in the 4th month of 1847. Sadly, he had outlived his two sons, Hanshirô V (1799-1836) and Hanshirô VII (1804-1845). They are shown playing the roles of three women who become Buddhist nuns.
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection