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Actors Asao Kuzaemon I as Dôkaneya Kôbei (R), Arashi Kichisaburô II as Nippondaemon (C), and Arashi Koroku IV as Kiba no Osai (L)

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Triptych: 11.35419 (right), 11.35420 (center), 11.35421 (left) Right and left sheets by Hokushû, center sheet by Baien. Play: Tôtomigata Koi no Shiranami Theater: Naka


Shunkôsai Hokushû ga (on right and left sheets), Baien sha (on center sheet)


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, 1819 (Bunsei 2), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 89; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #077


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.5 x 73.7 cm (14 3/4 x 29 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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