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Actors Ichikawa Ebizô V, formerly Danjûrô, as Nakama Sôta, One of Two Quick-change Roles (Niyaku hayagawari) (R), Iwai Hanshirô V as the Nun Seigen (Seigen-ni) (C), and Ichikawa Ebizô V, formerly Danjûrô, in a Second Role as Matsuwaka (L)

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MFA impressions: 11.37809.1a-c (complete triptych), 11.38448a-b (two right sheets only) Play: Sumidagawa Hana no Gosho-zome Theater: Ichimura Album: 11.37809.1a-c–.31a-c


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


Censor's seal: kiwame 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: 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, 1832 (Tenpô 3), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kuniyoshi Project db


Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 25.8 cm (14 13/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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