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Actors Bandô Jutarô I as Kiritarô (top); (from R) Nakamura Karoku I as Osen and Jitsukawa Gakujûrô I as Tsuji Yôsuke; Arashi Rikan II as Yoshikawa Kageto; Iwai Shijaku I as the sister Shiori; Kataoka Ichizô I as Asôgadake Tarakubô, actually Amako Hidemaru

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Pentaptych: 11.35273 (right), 11.35274 (center right), 11.35275 (center left), 11.35276 (left), 11.35277 (top) Play: Keisei Hanabusa-zôshi Theater: Naka


Shunbaisai Hokuei ga (on each sheet) 春梅斎北英画


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1835 (Tenpô 6), 1st month

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Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 101; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #344


Vertical ôban, assymetrical two-tier pentaptych; 75 x 100.2 cm (29 1/2 x 39 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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