Actors Sakata Hangorô II (Sankyô) as Kujaku Saburô (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô V (Sanshô) as Godai Saburô (C), and Nakamura Sukegorô II (Gyoraku) as Midaregami Gunzô (L)

右から 二代目坂田半五郎(杉暁)のくじゃく三郎、 五代目市川団十郎(三升)の五代三郎、 二代目中村助五郎(魚楽)のみだれ髪ぐん蔵

Edo period
1776 (An'ei 5), 11th month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)


Hosoban triptych; 29.7 x 42.1 cm (11 11/16 x 16 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 11.18956 (left), 11.18957 (right), 11.18958 (center)

MFA impressions: 11.18956-8 (complete triptych), 21.4038 (center sheet only)

Notes written on the print by hand, presumably by the original owner, identify the production and the actors as follows:

Play: Sugata no Hana Yuki no Kuronushi
Theater: Ichimura

Right: Sakata Hangorô as Kujaku Saburô
Poetry name: Sangyô

Center: Ichikawa Danjûrô as Godai Saburô
Poetry name: Sanshô

Left: Nakamura Sukegorô as Midaregami Gunzô
Poetry name: Gyoraku


Katsu Shunshô 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