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Actors Ichikawa Sadanji I as Fukuyama, Kawarazaki Kunitarô II as Shiratama (R), Nakamura Shikan IV as Hige no Ikyu, Nakamura Kanjaku III as a Vendor of White Sake (Shirozake-uri) (C), Kawarazaki Gonnosuke VII as Hanakawado Sukeroku, and Iwai Shijaku II (=

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Triptych: 11.30391 (left), 11.30392 (center), 11.30393 (right) No date seal visible.


Kunichika hitsu (on right and center sheets) 国周筆


Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô (on right sheet only)


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, Meiji era, 1872 (Meiji 5), 2nd month


Vertical ôban triptych

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