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Actors Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Izutsuya Denbei (R), Onoe Tamizô II as the Monkey Trainer (Sarumawashi) Yojirô (C), and Onoe Eizaburô III as Oshun (L), in the Horikawa River Scene of the Play Oshun and Denbei (Oshun Denbei Horikawa no dan)

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Play: Sarumawashi Kadode no Hitofushi The actors' names are indicated by rebuses in round insets.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画

Marks

Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1841 (Tenpô 12), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kuniyoshi Project db

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35 x 69.2 cm (13 3/4 x 27 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.38517a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints