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Actors Arashi Kitsusaburô as Kajiwara Heiji (R), Ichikawa Danzô as Kajiwara Genta (C), and Sawamura Kunitarô (L) as the Maidservant (Koshimoto) Chidori

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Triptych: 11.35167 (right), 11.35168 (center), 11.35169 (left) MFA impressions: 11.22676-7 (two right sheets only), 11.35167-9 (complete triptych) Play: Hiragana Seisuiki Theater: Kitagawa, Kyoto


Gigadô Ashiyuki ga (on each sheet) 戯画堂芦ゆき画


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, 1827 (Bunsei 10), 7th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 96; Ôsaka-shi shibai no myûjiamu, Kamigata yakusha-e no sekai (2001), #7; Keyes 1973, #17 (center sheet only, no photo)


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.6 x 77.4 cm (14 13/16 x 30 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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