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Act I of The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers, A Primer (Kanadehon Chûshingura, Daijo): Actors Sawamura Tosshô II as En'ya Hangan (R), Nakamura Shikan IV as Kôno Moronao (C), Ichikawa Kuzô III as Momonoi Wakasanosuke, and Ichikawa Shinsha I as Kaoyo Gozen (L

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Triptych: 11.38958a-b (right and center sheets), 11.38967 (left sheet); virtual record: 11.38958VR (11.38958a-b, 11.38967) Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura Theater: Nakamura


Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 国貞画


Censor's seal: Tiger 8 aratame 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, 1866 (Keiô 2), 8th month


Vertical ôban diptych

Accession Number

11.38958a-b, 11.38967

Medium or Technique

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