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Actors Arashi Kichisaburô III as Minamoto Kurô Yoshitsune (R) and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Kumagai Jirô Naozane (L)

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Diptych: 11.38313 (left), 11.38411 (right) Play: Ichinotani Futaba Gunki Theater: Ichimura


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on fan) 一勇斎国芳画


Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 5 No blockcutter's mark 改、寅五


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), 5th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-4893 (R), 100-4894 (L); Kuniyoshi Project db; Suzuki 1992, #319


Vertical ôban diptych; 36 x 25.6 cm (14 3/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38313, 11.38411

Medium or Technique

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