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Actors Iwai Hanshirô V as Agemaki (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Sukeroku (C), and Onoe Kikugorô III as Shinbei (L)

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Triptych: 11.26729 (left), 11.26730 (right), 11.26731 (center) MFA impressions: 11.26729-31, 21.7532-4 Poems translated in Izzard 1993, p. 121; Keyes 1985, vol. 1, p. 273 (L only); and Bowie et al. 1979, p. 124 (C only).


(right) Poem by Ryûôtei Hananari: Hana-ayame/ Edo murasaki no/iro ito mo/ Naniwa no mizu ni/ musubu Agemaki (center) Poem by Tsukushitei Waki no Aritake: Hachimaki ni/ Edo murasaki no/ yokogasumi/ ima zo Naniwa mo/ haru to naritaya (left) Poem by Ryûkatei Fûshi Mizugaki: Iroka o ba/ hoka e yuzurite/ kono hana no/ aniki to miyuru/ Naniwazu no haru Poem by Ryûôtei Hananari: Sanga no tsu/ ichi to mo hito no/ medeyasen/ Fuji no onoe ni/ yuki no shirozake


Kôchôrô Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 香蝶楼国貞画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) 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 1829 (Bunsei 12)

Catalogue Raisonné

Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #54; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #239 (L only); Bowie et al, Art of the Surimono (1979), #74 (C only); Crighton, The Floating World (1973), #I 62


Shikishiban triptych; 20.9 x 55.6 cm (8 1/4 x 21 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper