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Actors Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Ninokuchimura Magoemon (R), Iwai Kumesaburô III as Tsuchiya Umegawa, and Kataoka Gadô II as Chûbei (C), with Chanter Kiyomoto Tahei

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


Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 8 No blockcutter's mark 改、寅八


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, 1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 101-7515 (R), 101-7516 (C), 101-7517 (L); Baren no kai, Zuroku kôki Utagawa-ha (1988), #90


Vertical ôban triptych; 37 x 76.6 cm (14 9/16 x 30 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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