Actors Nakayama Nanshi II as Tôgorô's Wife (Nyôbô) Osan (R) and Arashi Rikaku II as Tôgorô (L), in Hana no Kumo Sakura no Akebono

「花雲佐くら曙」 「女房お三 中山南枝」(二代目)  「藤五郎 嵐りかく」(二代目)

Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 9th month
Artist Kunikazu (Japanese, active 1856–1858), Publisher Kyô Isa (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 109; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 3 (2001), #479


Vertical chûban diptych; 24.1 x 36 cm (9 1/2 x 14 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play: Hana no Kumo Sakura no Akebono
Theater: Chikugo

The Ikeda bunko impression does not have a publisher’s mark.


Kunikazu ga (on right sheet), Kunikazu (on left sheet)
国計画 国計


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)

[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