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Actors Ichikawa Ebizô V as Matsuômaru (R), Arashi Kichisaburô III as Umeômaru (C), and Sawamura Tosshô I as Sakuramaru (L)

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Triptych: 11.29097 (left), 11.29098 (right), 11.29099 (center) MFA impressions: 11.29097-9 (complete), 11.39308 (right sheet), 11.39309 (left sheet) Play: Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami Theater: Nakamura


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: 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1840 (Tenpô 11), 9th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 73.6 cm (14 3/16 x 29 in.)

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