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Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII with Six of His Roles

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Triptych: 11.40245 (center sheet), 11.43863a-b (right and left sheets)


Toyokuni hitsu (on left sheet only) 豊国筆


Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 9 Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take (on center sheet only) 改印: 改、寅九 彫師: 横川彫竹


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, 1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 9th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 51.4 cm (14 3/16 x 20 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.40245, 11.43863a-b

Medium or Technique

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