Actors Iwai Shijaku I as the Mother (Haha) Eimyô, One of Seven Roles in a Farewell Performance (Onagori kyôgen, shichiyaku no uchi), and Arashi Rikan II as Gohyakuzaki Kyûsaku

「御名残狂言 七役之内 母栄妙 岩井紫若」(初代)、「五百崎久作 嵐璃寛」(二代)

Edo period
1835 (Tenpô 6), 2nd month
Artist Shunbaisai Hokuei (Japanese, active about 1824–1837, died 1837), Publisher Wataya Kihei (Wataki) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 101; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #346


Vertical ôban; 40.2 x 26.4 cm (15 13/16 x 10 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Diptych: 11.21991 (left sheet), 17.3212.22 (right sheet); no VR

Play: Osome Hisamatsu Ukina no Yomiuri
Theater: Naka


Shunbaisai Hokuei ga



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