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Actors Ichimura Kakitsu IV as the Amakawaya Apprentice (Detchi) Igo, with Gihei's Son (Segare) Yoshimatsu (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Amakawaya Gihei (C), and Iwai Shijaku II as Gihei's Wife (Nyôbô) Osono, from a Chûshingura series

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The three prints form a triptych, but each is given a slightly different "series title," from right to left: Stories Related to the Loyal Retainers (Gishi gaiden no uchi), Stories of the Loyal Retainers (Gishi eimeiden no uchi), Stories of Virtuous Women (Teijo eimeiden no uchi). Other prints...

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Signed

Baichôrô Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 梅蝶楼国貞画

Provenance

Between 1985 and 1995, gift of Pauline Epstein (d. 1995) to her daughter and son-in law, Barbara and Michael Stedman; 2009, gift of Barbara and Michael Stedman to the MFA. (Accession date: December 16, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Michael and Barbara Stedman in memory of Pauline Epstein

Japanese, Edo period, 1866 (Keiô 1), 7th month

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

2009.5125a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

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