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Actors Arashi Ryûzô II as Boman no Saisho Kiyotada (R), Sawamura Sôjûrô III as the Pilgrim Tsubosaka no Shosaku, actually Tateaki Masatsura (C), and Sakata Hangorô III as the Ascetic Kaikoku no Shugyosha, actually Fuchibe Iga no Kami (L)

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Triptych: 11.18204 (center), 54.453 (right), 54.454 (left) MFA impressions: 11.18191 (left sheet only), 11.18204VR (11.18204, 54.253, 54.454; complete triptych) Play: Iwao no Hana Mine no Kusunoki Theater: Ichimura


Shun'ei ga (on each sheet) 春英画


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1790 (Kansei 2)


Hosoban triptych; 31.7 x 42 cm (12 1/2 x 16 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.18204, 54.453, 54.454

Medium or Technique

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