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.

Actor Iwai Hanshirô V as the Wife (Nyôbô) Nanaaya, Actually (Jitsu wa) the Dragon Woman of Seta (Seta no ryûjo)

Start collecting

Play: Azuma no Hana Iwai no Dairi Theater: Nakamura


Toyokuni ga 豊国画


Censor's seals: kiwame, unidentified 改印: 極


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, 1811 (Bunka 8), 11th month


Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25.2 cm (14 11/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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