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Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XII as the Minstrel (Hikinuki hôkashi) Kobihachi dancing Senzai (R), Ichikawa Kuzô II as the Minstrel (Hikinuki hôkashi) Sanzô dancing Okina (C), and Nakamura Utaemon IV as the Minstrel (Hikinuki hôkashi) Otokichi dancing Sanbasô (

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Play: Fude Hajime Soga no Fukubiki Theater: Ichimura


「鴬や京の人にも誉るゝ 霞嬰」 「おきなの文字を五七五の頭におきて 音高ふ行儀にはやすなつ菜哉 東舎」 「梅咲や人の居あまる芝の上 有松」


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: 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, 1841 (Tenpô 12), intercalary 1st month


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.3 x 76.8 cm (14 11/16 x 30 1/4 in.)

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