Sixth of the Line, the Kodama Danjûrô (Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VI in Shibaraku), from an untitled series of the Ichikawa Danjûrô lineage for the Gogawa club


Edo period
about 1820 (Bunsei 3)
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825)

Catalogue Raisonné

Gifu Prefectural Museum, Nanadaime Danjûrô to Kunisada, Kuniyoshi (2001), #1-7 (2nd state); Rijksmuseum, Surimono: Poetry and Image (2000), #77 (2nd state); Bowie et al, Art of Surimono (1979), #64 (2nd state)


Shikishiban; 20 x 17.6 cm (7 7/8 x 6 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



From a series first designed around 1820 by Toyokuni I for the Gogawa-ren, with their hourglass-shaped symbol decorating the margin. A second version of the series was issued by Toyokuni II in the early 1830s, with different poems and without the club symbol.


Toyokuni hitsu


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