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Actors Asao Yoroku II as Yosobei, Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as His Son (Segare) Yonosuke (R), and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Inaba Kôzô (L)

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Diptych (two right sheets of tetraptych): 11.21368 (right), 11.21370 (left) 11.21369 is the far left sheet, with one missing sheet between it and the diptych. Play: Nezumi Komon Haru no Shingata Theater: Ichimura


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 3 No blockcutter's mark


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, 1857 (Ansei 4), 3rd month


Vertical ôban diptych; 38.7 x 26.1 cm (15 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.21368, 11.21370

Medium or Technique

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