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Actors Bandô Mitsugorô as Wrestler Akitsushima Kuniemon (R), Arashi Kanjûrô as Referee (Gyôji) Shôkurô (C), and Nakamura Shikan as Wrestler Onigatake Tetsuemon (L)

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Triptych: 11.22124 (right), 11.22125 (center), 11.22126 (left) Play: Sekitori Nidai no Shôbuzuke Theater: Nakamura


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


Censor's seal: kiwame (on each sheet) 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: 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, 1832 (Tenpô 3), 9th month

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Vertical ôban triptych; 39 x 78.8 cm (15 3/8 x 31 in.)

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