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 Segawa Kikunojô V as Yuki-hime (R) and Ichikawa Ebizô V (Danjûrô VII) as Matsunaga Daizen (L)

Start collecting

Diptych: 11.45626 (right), 11.45627 (left) The actors did not actually appear together in these roles; Sadakage designed an imaginary theatrical scene for the Dragon Year, because of the golden dragon that hovers over the magical sword. The two different editions found in the Becker Collection...

Show Full Description


Right sheet (as in Becker coll.): Poem by Benbunsai Tomotsura: Matsu wo oru/ chikara wa miseru/ haru no niwa /nokoru ya yuki no/ onna-dameshii Poem by Benbenkan: Suwasuwa to/ ugoku yukige no/ haru no kawa/ tsunogumu ashi ni/ fude kokoromitsu Left sheet (as in Spencer Mus.): Poem by Benjintei Edamichi: Sashinoboru/ kesa no hatsuhi no/ ariari to/ katachi o utsusu/ attysu no mojidako Poem by Benbenkan: Shimekazari/ ochikuru take ni/ kurikara no/ tatsu no katachi o/ mitaru Ise ebi


Sadakage (on each sheet) 貞景


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) 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, 1832 (Tenpô 3)

Catalogue Raisonné

McKee, Colored in the Year's New Light (Becker coll. exh. ca., 2008), #133 (R same, L diff.); Keyes, Surimono (Spencer Museum cat., 1984), cat. nos. 162-3, pl. 43 (L same, R diff.)


Shikishiban diptych

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper