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Actors Bandô Mitsugorô III as Genin Shinsaku (R), Nakamura Matsue III as Zesai's Daughter (Musume) Otsuyu (CR), Nakamura Utaemon III as Konoshita Tôkichi (C), Ichikawa Ichizô I as Kusuriya Zesai (CL), and Onoe Baikô III as Satô Masakiyo (L)

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Unidentified publisher's mark. Play: Gion Sairei Shinkôki Theater: Nakamura


Gototei Kunisada ga (on sheets 1-4 from right), Kunisada ga (on sheet 5) 五渡亭国貞画 国貞画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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, 1815 (Bunka 12), 5th month


Vertical ôban pentaptych; 36.8 x 126.2 cm (14 1/2 x 49 11/16 in.)

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