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Actors in Imaginary Roles (Mitate): Sawamura Tosshô II as Saigyô Hôshi (R), Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Eguchi no kimi (C), and Ichimura Takematsu III and Ichikawa Kuzô III as Echigo Lion Dancers (Echigo-jishi) (L)

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「富本宮登太夫」「富本豊珠翁」「富本豊前太夫」「富本松見太夫」「富本八百太夫」「富本小志太夫」「同八重太夫」「同清寿太夫」「三弦 名見崎八五郎」「名見崎菊次」「名見崎徳治」「名見崎徳蔵」「名見崎長佐」


Kiô Toyokuni ga (on each sheet) 喜翁豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Boar 4 aratame Blockcutter's marks: Katada Hori Chô (on right and left sheets), Hori Chô (on center sheet)


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, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 4th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.4 x 73.3 cm (13 15/16 x 28 7/8 in.)

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