Actors Nakamura Utaemon III as Mino no Shôkurô (T), Ichikawa Ebijûrô I as Gantetsu, actually Miura Arajirô (BR), and Nakamura Karoku I as the Courtesan Hinazuru, actually Shôkurô's wife Kochô (BL)

「美濃ノ庄九郎 中村歌右衛門」(三代目)  「丸鉄実は三浦荒次郎 市川鰕十郎」(初代)  「けいせい雛鶴実は庄九郎妻小蝶 中村歌六」(初代)

Edo period
1823 (Bunsei 6), 1st month
Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832), Publisher Shôhonya Seishichi (Honsei) (Japanese), Publisher Izutsuya Denbei (Japanese), Publisher Izumiri (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Musée national d'histoire et d'art, Luxembourg, Schätze der Kamigata (exh. cat., 2012), #42; Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 93; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #142


Vertical ôban, two-tier triptych; 72.5 x 50.8 cm (28 9/16 x 20 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 11.35465 (bottom right), 11.35466 (bottom left), 11.35467 (top)

Play: Keisei Ômonguchi (The Great Gate of the Licensed Quarter)
Theater: Kado


Shunkôsai Hokushû ga (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