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Actors Bandô Shûka I as Satomi's Daughter (Sokujo) Fuse-hime (R), Sawamura Chôjûrô V as the Ghost (Rei) of the Dog Yatsufusa (C), Seki Sanjûrô III as Kanemari Daisuke, and Sawamura Chôjûrô V as Satomi Yoshizane (L)

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Play: Satomi Hakkenden Theater: Ichimura


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 豊国画(年玉枠)


Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe 米良、渡邊


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, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 201-4302 (R), 201-4303 (C), 201-4740 (L); Chiba Museum, Hakkenden no sekai (2008), #81


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.7 x 72.4 cm (14 1/16 x 28 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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