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Actors in Imagined Roles (Mitate): Onoe Kikugorô III (R), Ichikawa Ebizô V (C), and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (L), in Shibaraku

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Triptych: 11.39306a-b (right and center sheets), 11.39321 (left sheet) In the eleventh month of 1832, Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII appeared as Sadamitsu in Shibaraku. Ebizô also appeared in the play, but Kikugorô did not.


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1832 (Tenpo 3)


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.8 x 75.8 cm (14 1/2 x 29 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39306a-b, 11.39321

Medium or Technique

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