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Actors Ichikawa Ebizô V as Horiguchi Manemon (R), Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as Kizu Kansuke (C), and Kataoka Ichizô I as the Ferryman (Watarimori) Sanjûrô (L)

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Photographed with sheets out of order. Play: Sao no Uta Kizugawa Hakkei Theater: Naka


Hirosada (on each sheet) 広貞


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1849 (Kaei 2), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 105; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #180 (variant)


Vertical chûban triptych; 25.5 x 55.4 cm (10 1/16 x 21 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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