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Actors Arashi Kichisaburô III as Kobayashi no Asahina, Bandô Shûka I as Ôiso no Tora (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Ichirô Bettô Suketsune (C), Ichimura Takenojô V as Soga Jûrô Sukenari, and Ichikawa Kuzô II as Soga Gorô Tokimune (L)

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Play: Hôrai Kinyotsugi Soga/Kihachiji Ômisuji no Tatejima


Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet); Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on center sheet); Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on left sheet) 一陽斎豊国画 応需豊国画(年玉枠)  香蝶楼豊国画


Censors' seals: Hama, Magome


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, 1851 (Kaei 4), 1st month


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.3 x 75.8 cm (14 5/16 x 29 13/16 in.)

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