Nihon kijin den (Extraordinary Persons of Japan)


Edo period
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Author Hanagasa Bunkyô (Japanese, 1785–1860)

Catalogue Raisonné

Meech, "Kuniyoshi and the Hell Courtesan," in Seduction (2015), fig. 52; Rosenfield, Extraordinary Persons (1999)


Overall: 22.6 x 14.2 cm (8 7/8 x 5 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock printed book; ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books


title, author and printer (?) as indicated on frontispiece: Kuniyoshi ki jinbutsu; Hanagasa ô tenshi; Sanseidô ki
見返し: 國芳畸人物; 花笠翁塡詞; 山静堂記


Probably by 1903, part of the library of the department of the Art of Asia, Museum of Fine Arts [see note]; 1997, catalogued by the MFA; 2005, accessioned by the MFA. (Accession Date: June 1, 2005)

NOTE: This may have been deposited at the MFA by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston. Much of Bigelow’s collection of Asian art, books, and works on paper 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 between about 1890 and 1903.

Credit Line

Source unidentified