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Actors Ichikawa Ebizô V as Hakamadare no Yasu (R); Bandô Jutarô I, from Kamigata (Kudari), as Kidômaru (C); and Sawamura Tosshô I as Ninose no Minamoto (L)

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Play: Gohiiki o Hiku Ya Tsunasaka Theater: Kawarazaki


Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 五渡亭国貞画


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, 1839 (Tenpô 10), 10th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 002-0361 (R), 002-0362 (C), 002-0363 (L)


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.1 x 69.8 cm (13 13/16 x 27 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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