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Actors Bandô Mitsugorô IV as the Courtesan (Keisei) Michinoku-dayû, Bandô Sajûrô I as the Foot Soldier (Ashigaru) Akebono Genroku, and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Ema no Koshirô Yoshitoki

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Play: Azuma Kagami Kaidan-banashi Theater: Kawarazaki This may be one sheet of a polyptych, with Bandô Mitsugorô as the courtesan on another sheet to the right; or the spider may be the courtesan in a supernatural form.


Gototei Kunisada ga 五渡亭国貞画


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1840 (Tenpô 11), 6th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 002-0681


Vertical ôban; 36.8 x 25.8 cm (14 1/2 x 10 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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