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 Nakamura Utaemon IV as Asamaemon (TR), Onoe Baikô IV as Umegae (TL), Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Chienai (CR), Bandô Shûka I as Ushiwakamaru (CL), Onoe Kikujirô II as Oren (BR), and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Matsuwakamaru (BL), from the series One Hundr

Start collecting


Kuniyoshi ga (on each design) 国芳画


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura 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: 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, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 005-0150


Vertical ôban; 35.6 x 24.5 cm (14 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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