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Actors Arashi Sangorô II as Saigyô Hôshi (R), Nakamura Tomijûrô I as Yokobue (C), and Ôtani Hiroji III as Mongaku Shônin (L)

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Triptych: 11.18965 (right), 11.18966 (left), 11.18967 (center) MFA impressions: 11.18965-7 (complete triptych), RES.54.178 (left sheet only, corresponding to 11.18966) Play: Kane Kakete Hana no Furisode Theater: Nakamura


Shunshô ga (on each sheet) 春章画


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, 1777 (An'ei 6), 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

A diptych of the same play: Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 4, Victoria and Albert Museum I (1989), pl. 76


Hosoban triptych; 29.1 x 14.2 cm (11 7/16 x 5 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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