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Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô I as Soga no Gorô, II as Yanone Gorô, and III as Narukami (R); VII as Benkei and VIII as Sukeroku (C); IV as Taira no Kagekiyo, V as Taira no Yoshikado, and VI as Kamakura no Gongorô Kagemasa in Shibaraku (L)

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Triptych: 11.26973 (right), 11.26974 (center), 11.26975 (left) MFA impressions: 11.26973-5 (complete triptych), 11.39446 (left sheet only) Possibly designed in 1850 to celebrate the return of Ichikawa Ebizô V (formerly Danjûrô VII) to Edo after his banishment.


Ichiyôsai Toyokuni hitsu (on right sheet only) 一陽斎豊国画


Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, shita-uri


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Mueller et al., Competition and Collaboration (2007), #135


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 x 73.9 cm (14 3/8 x 29 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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