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Actor as Okaru in The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers, a Primer (Kanadehon Chûshingura)

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Center sheet of incomplete triptych. MFA impressions: 11.38139 (key block, center sheet only), 11.38479a-c (complete triptych, color, 1849 version) The triptych is based on an earlier version, with different actors, made for a performance of 6/1847.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

Provenance

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, 1849 (Kaei 2), intercalary 4th month

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 40.4 x 28.2 cm (15 7/8 x 11 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.38139

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints