User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Actors Ôtani Hiroji III as Hotei Ichiemon, Ôtani Hiroemon III as Kaminari Shôkurô, and Ichikawa Danjûrô V as An no Heibei

Start collecting

Triptych (three sheets of incomplete pentaptych?): 11.18613 (right), 11.18911 (left), 11.18912 (center) Play: Maki Kaesu Mikari Soga Theater: Morita


Shunshô ga (on each sheet) 春章画


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) NOTES: [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

Japanese, Edo period, 1776 (An'ei 5), 5th month


Hosoban triptych; 30.4 x 43.1 cm (11 15/16 x 16 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.18613, 11.18911, 11.18912

Medium or Technique

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