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Actors Arashi Tomisaburô II as the Heavenly Woman of Itsukushima (R), Arashi Kitsusaburô II as Ôuchi Samanosuke (C), and Bandô Jûtarô I as Naruto Kobei (L)

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Triptych: 11.35170 (right), 11.35171 (center), 11.35172 (left) MFA impressions: 11.35001 (center sheet only), 11.35170-2 (complete triptych) Play: Keisei Suô no Dairi Theater: Naka


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1828 (Bunsei 11), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 96; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #276; Keyes 1973, #18abc (no photo)


Vertical ôban triptych; 38.2 x 77 cm (15 1/16 x 30 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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