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 Kataoka Nizaemon VII as Sasaki Ganryû (R), Nakamura Utaemon III as Miyamoto Musashi and Nakayama Shinkurô III as the Farmer (Hyakushô) Shichisuke (L)

Start collecting

Diptych: 11.35424 (right), 11.35425 (left) MFA impressions: 11.35424-5 (complete diptych), 11.38798 (right sheet only)


Shunkô ga (on each sheet) 春好画


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, 1814 (Bunka 11), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 87


Vertical ôban diptych; 37.8 x 52.5 cm (14 7/8 x 20 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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