Five Actors as the Five Manly Men (Gonin Otoko): Kataoka Nizaemon VII as An no Heibei, Ichikawa Ebijûrô I as Karigane Bunshichi, Asao Kuzaemon I as Kaminari Shôkurô, Asao Yûjirô I as Gokui Sen'emon, and Nakamura Utaemon III as Hotei Ichiemon

「五人男」 七代目片岡仁左衛門のあんの平へ、初代市川鰕十郎のかりがね紋七、初代浅尾工左衛門のかみなりの庄九郎、初代浅尾勇次郎のこくゐの千右衛門、三代目中村歌右衛門のほていの市右衛門

Edo period
1822 (Bunsei 5), 2nd month
Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832), Publisher Toshikuraya Shinbei (Toshin) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yamaichi (Japanese), Printer Matsumura Kinji (Japanese, active 1822–1826), Printer Matsumura Kumaji (Japanese, active 1822)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 92; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #119


Vertical ôban; 38.2 x 26.4 cm (15 1/16 x 10 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.35342, 11.38941

Play: Otokodate Itsutsu Karigane
Theater: Naka


Shunkôsai Hokushû ga



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