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Actors Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Demura Shinbei (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Tamaya Shinbei (C), and Onoe Kikujirô II as Mikuni Kojorô (L)

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Play: Aiaigasa Chigusa no Iroiro Theater: Kawarazaki


Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right and left sheets), Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on center sheet) 一陽斎豊国画 香蝶楼豊国画


Censors' seals: Hama, Magome No blockcutter's mark 浜、馬込


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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, 1849 (Kaei 2), 8th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.4 x 73.7 cm (14 5/16 x 29 in.)

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