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Actors Bandô Mitsugorô III as Kakogawa Honzô, Bandô Tamasaburô I as Daughter (Musume) Konami (R), Iwai Kumesaburô II as Honzô's Wife (Nyôbô) Tonase, and Osagawa Tsuneyo IV as Yuranosuke's Wife (Nyôbô) Oishi (L), in The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers, Act I

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Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura Theater: Ichimura


Kuniyasu ga (on each sheet) 国安画


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, 1827 (Bunsei 10), 7th month


Vertical ôban diptych

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