Acts VII and VIIII: Actors Onoe Kikugorô IV as Okaru, Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Ôboshi Yuranosuke, Nakamura Kamezô I as Ono Kudayû (R), Nakamura Fukusuke I as Teraoka Heiemon, Bando Tamasaburô II as the Daughter (Musume) Konami, and Onoe Kikugorô IV as Hon

仮名手本忠臣蔵 十二段つゞき 「第七段目」「寺岡平右衛門 斧九太夫 白人おかる 大星由良之介」 (白人おかる 四代目尾上菊五郎 、大星由良之助 八代目片岡仁左衛門、 斧九太夫 初代中村鶴蔵) 「第八段目」「本蔵女房となせ むすめ小なみ」 ( 寺岡平右衛門 初代中村福助、 むすめ小なみ 二代目坂東玉三郎、 本蔵女房となせ 四代目尾上菊五郎)

Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-1001 (R), 100-1002 (L), and 100-1003 (the third sheet, not in MFA); Asano et al., Chûshingura VII (2014), list #1-914 to 1-916, photo p. 68


Vertical ôban diptych; 37.2 x 25.6 cm (14 5/8 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15717, 11.22485

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.15717 (left), 11.22485 (right)

From a set of twelve sheets that link together as four triptychs.


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)



Censor's seal: Monkey 6 aratame
No blockcutter's mark



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