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Actors Ichikawa Ebijûrô II as Horiguchi Manemon (R), Arashi Rikan II as Kizu Kansuke and Nakayama Bunshichi III as Hayashi Sanzaemon (C), and Asao Gakujûrô I as the Ferryman Sanjûrô (L)

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Triptych: 11.35319 (right), 11.35320 (center), 11.35321 (left) Play: Sao no Uta Kizugawa Hakkei Theater: Kado


Shunshosai Hokuchô ga (on each sheet) 春曙斎北頂画


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, 1829 (Bunsei 12), 7th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 97; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #198


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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