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Actors Ichikawa Shinsha I as Shamisen Player Kaede, Onoe Kikushirô II as Shamisen Player Baika (R), Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Chanter (Tayû) Tachibana, Bandô Mitsugorô VI as Chanter (Tayû) Katsumi (C), Bandô Hikosaburô V as a Puppet of Teraoka Heiemon, and S

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Kunichika ga (on each sheet) 国周画


Censor's seal: Ox 5 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ôta Tashichi (on center sheet) 丑五改 彫太田多七


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, 1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 5th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-0612 (R), 100-0613 (C), 100-0614 (L)


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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