Actors Ogawa Kichitarô III as a Daimyô, Nakamura Kashichi II as Tarô Kaja, and Nakamura Sankô I as a Female Monkey Trainer


Edo period
1825 (Bunsei 8), 3rd month
Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 94; Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Zenki Kamigata-e (1995), #251; Schwaab, Osaka Prints (1989), #s 82, 83, 84 (actor identifications partly incorrect)


One third of vertical ôban sheet; 10.9 x 24.5 cm (4 5/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink, color and metallic pigment on paper, with embossing

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



One sheet with three designs, now cut apart: 11.35334 (by Hokushû), 11.35335 (by Hokushû), 11.35336 (by Yoshikuni). Originally, 11.35335 was in the center of the sheet and was upside down relative to the other two images. The sheet was not supposed to be cut apart, but rather was intended to be folded in three and glued or fastened at the side edges to make a souvenir wallet, with a folded flap over the opening; all three pictures would then be right-side up.

Play: Utsubo-zaru
Theater: Kado


Hokushû ga


Artist's seal


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 29, 2004)

[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