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Actors as the Five Manly Men (Gonin otoko): Nakamura Utaemon IV as Hotei Ichiemon (R), Ichikawa Kuzô II as An no Heibei (CR), Sawamura Tosshô I as Gokuin Sen'emon (C), Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Karigane Bunshichi (CL), and Ichikawa Ebizô V as Kaminari Shôku

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Based on an earlier design.


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


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Fukushima 改印: 村松、福


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

Kuniyoshi Project db


Vertical ôban pentaptych; 36.5 x 119.4 cm (14 3/8 x 47 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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