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.

Private Performance of Women's Kabuki

Start collecting

Triptych (three sheets of incomplete pentaptych): 11.13504 (left), 11.13520 (center), 11.16317 (right) There are at least seven interchangeable sheets (11.13503, 11.13519, 11.13520, 11.13523, 11.13550, 11.13590, another illustrated in Ukiyo-e taikei 9) depicting different performances, any one...

Show Full Description


Toyokuni ga 豊国画


Censor's seal: kiwame 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, 1789–1801 (Kansei era)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), pl. 39; Ukiyo-e taikei 9 (1976), pls. 91-7 (complete pentaptych, with Dôjô-ji, plus extra sheets for Sanbasô and Kusazuribiki)


Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.13504, 11.13520, 11.16317

Medium or Technique

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