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.

The Old Story of the Female Seigen (Mukashigatari Onna Seigen): Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Hanako no mae, later Seigen-ni (R), and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Yoshida Matsuwakamaru (L)

Start collecting

MFA impressions: 11.39062a-c (complete triptych, key block), 11.43775a-b (two left sheets, color), 17.3216.6-7 (two left sheets, color)


Ôju Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Hanmoto no ôju Toyokuni ga (on left sheet) 応需豊国画 梓元の應需豊国画


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura


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 (Kôka 4), 2nd month


Vertical ôban diptych; 37.6 x 51.2 cm (14 13/16 x 20 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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