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Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XII (R), Nakamura Utaemon IV (C), and Bandô Shûka I (L), each in multiple roles

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Actor Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Tosenkyô/Takenoshin/Tachibana no Kunen bô/Nanbô Jûjibei/Shirabyôshi Kamematsu, Kudô Saemon Suketsune/Yokawa no Kakuhan/Yaegiri/Dôguya Jinzô/Takechi Jûjirô/? (R), Nakamura Utaemon IV as Sikama Takubei/Yura Hyôgonosuke/Ochanoko Debezô/Shichibei...

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Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画


Censors' seals: Mera, Murata 米良、村田


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, about 1849 (Kaei 2)


Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 73 cm (14 3/16 x 28 3/4 in.)

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