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Actor Bandô Mitsugorô III in Dance of Seven Changes, a Tetraptych (Shichi henge no uchi, yomai tsuzuki): as the courtesan Sakuragidayû (R), as Genta and a Rabbit (Usagi) (CR), as the Shirabyôshi Dancer Katsumi and Gobu no Mihozoemon (CL), and as Hesomura

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MFA impressions: 11.36035-8, 11.36039 (later edition of right sheet),11.36295a-d Play: Somemoyô Naniwa Miyage Theater: Kado


Kunihiro ga (on each sheet) 国広画


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, 1821 (Bunsei 4), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 90; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #015 (three of four sheets)


Vertical ôban tetraptych

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Medium or Technique

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