The Marvelous Doctor Treats Serious Diseases (Kitai na meii nanbyô ryôji)

「きたいなめい医 難病療治」

Edo period
1850 (Kaei 3)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Enshûya Hikobei (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Nat. Mus. of J. Hist., Nishiki-e wa ika ni tsukarareta ka (2009), #57; Minami, Edo no fûshiga (1997), pp. 170-6, fig. 43; Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #80; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #547


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.7 x 74.6 cm (14 7/16 x 29 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.28825, 11.28860, 11.28861

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 11.28825 (center), 11.28860 (left), 11.28861 (right)

The female doctor Kogarashi, daughter of the quack doctor Chikusai (Yabukusushi Chikusai musume meii Kogarashi), sits in the center in front of a floral screen; her four disciples, in black jackets, apply humorous “treatments” to patients. Thought to be a political satire.

MFA impressions: 11.28711VR (11.28711, 11.28712, 11.28696), 11.22104-6, 11.28824VR (two sheets only; 11.28824, 11.28856), 11.28825VR (11.28825, 11.28860, 11.28861), 11.28852-4, 11.28855VR (11.28855, 11.28857, 11.28859), 11.28825VR (11.28825, 11.28860, 11.28861), 11.39552a-c, 11.41536a-c


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga (on each sheet)


Censors' seals: Hama, Magome
No blockcutter's mark


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