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Actors Ôtani Tomoemon IV as Tôma Onitsura, Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Nikki Danjô (R), Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Watanabe Gekizaemon, Asao Tamejûrô IV as Yamana Sôzen (C), and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Hosokawa Katsumoto (L)

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Triptych: 11.40829a (left sheet), 11.40829b (right sheet), 11.44160 (center sheet) Play: Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki Theater: Kawarazaki


Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)


Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Yoshimura 衣笠、吉村


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1849 (Kaei 2), 3rd month


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.5 x 51 cm (14 3/4 x 20 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40829a-b, 11.44160

Medium or Technique

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