Tango Province: (Actors Kataoka Ichizo I as) Sanshô Dayû and (Nakamura Sennosuke as) Anjû-hime, from the series The Sixty-odd Provinces of Great Japan (Dai Nippon rokujû yo shû)

「大日本六十余州 丹後」 「三正大夫」初代片岡市蔵、「あんじう姫」中村千之助

Edo period
about 1862 (Bunkyû 2)
Artist Isshusai Kunikazu (Japanese, active about 1848–1868), Publisher Ishikawaya Wasuke (Ishiwa) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 115; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #617


Horizontal chûban; 17.7 x 24.4 cm (6 15/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play: Yura Minato Senken Choja

The Kamigata actor Nakamura Sennosuke, active between 1825 and 1885, is identified in the Ikeda Bunko catalogue as Sennosuke I; but according to the Kabuki21 website, the name was first used in Edo in 1792.1 to 1799.10. Officially, the name Sennosuke II was awarded to a Tokyo actor during the Meiji era. Furthermore, there may have been more than one Kamigata actor using the name between 1825 and 1885. In view of the confusion, for the time being, no lineage number has been assigned to the Nakamura Sennosuke active in Kamigata.




By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)

[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