Male Prostitute (Kagema), from the series Starlight and Frost: Modern Manners (Hoshi ya shimo tôsei fûzoku) (on other prints in the series, Hoshi no shimo tôsei fûzoku)
Seikado, Kunisada (exh. cat., 1996), #32; the series: Schaap, Kunisada (exh. cat., 2016), checklist 1-9
Vertical ôban; 38.7 x 26.4 cm (15 1/4 x 10 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
According to the Seikado catalogue, the figure can be identified as a male by the tabi (socks) tied at the ankles.
The poem partly visible on the screen is the one associated with the Jewel River of Mount Kôya (Kôya no Tamagawa) in the Six Jewel Rivers (Mu Tamagawa) set.
Gototei Kunisada ga
Censor's seal: kiwame
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection