The Syllable Ki: Actor Onoe Baikô 4.5 (later Jitsukawa Enjaku I) as Fukuoka Mitsugi, from the series Seven Calligraphic Models for Each Character in the Kana Syllabary (Nanatsu iroha)

「七ツいろは (き) 福岡みつぎ 尾上梅幸」4.5代目尾上梅幸(初代実川延若)

Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 4th month
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. 113; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #618


Vertical chûban; 24.5 x 17.7 cm (9 5/8 x 6 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



From a series collectively designed by Kunikazu, Enjaku, and Yoshitaki.
The actor later known as Jitsukawa Enjaku I used the name Onoe Baikô from 1/1859 to 2/1863 but is not considered a formal member of the lineage; he falls between the official Baikô IV and Baikô V.
「伊勢音頭恋寝刃(いせおんどこいのねたば)」に取材する見立の役者絵。伊勢の御師(おし)である福岡貢は、旧主今田万次郎の探している青江下坂(おおえしもさか)の刀を手に入れたばっかりに殺人を犯してしまう。「七ツいろは」と題されるシリーズの1図で、国員、猿雀、芳瀧の合作のシリーズ。 – 武藤 純子K




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