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Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Yamatoya Oyama, Bandô Takesaburô I as Tôrimono Take (R), and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Moremore no Yokazô (L)

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Diptych: 11.28748 (right), 11.28749 (left) MFA impressions: 11.28748-9, 11.28833 (left sheet only), 11.38358a-b


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


Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata Blockcutter's mark: Hori Mino (on each 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: 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1851 (Kaei 4), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 201-0026 (R), 201-0027 (L); Kuniyoshi Project db


Vertical ôban diptych; 36.2 x 49 cm (14 1/4 x 19 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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