From the Tamaya Yahachi, Kon and Kikuji on the shamisen and Isono on the kokyû (R); from the Ômon Fujiya, Nui and Chiyo (L); from the series Niwaka Festival Skits by the Geisha of the Pleasure Quarters (Seirô geiko Niwaka kyôgen zukushi)

「青楼芸子俄狂言尽 玉屋弥八内 三味線 こん きくじ こきう いその」、 「青楼芸子俄狂言尽 大門ふじや内 ぬい ちよ」

Edo period
about 1776–81 (An'ei 5–Tenmei 1)
Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #42; Hockley 2003, p. 212, #L-1-1; Gentles, AIC cat. II (1965), p. 239, #123; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. I (1960), #670 (right half only)


Uncut vertical chûban diptych on horizontal ôban sheet; 26 x 38.3 cm (10 1/4 x 15 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings




Koryû ga (on each side)


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