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Actors Ôtani Tomoemon V as Kajiwara Genta, Onoe Kikusaburô as Ichimanmaru (R), Nakamura Kantarô as Ebina Gunzô, and Bandô Matsujirô as Hakoômaru (L)

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No identification is given for the actor at far left. Possibly these are the two right sheets of a triptych, with the identification for this figure on the missing left sheet.


Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet)


Censor's seal: Tiger 3 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ei (on each sheet)


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1866 (Keiô 2), 3rd month


Vertical ôban diptych

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Medium or Technique

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