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Actors Iwai Shijaku II as the Courtesan (Keisei) Agemaki of the Miuraya (R), Bandô Hikosaburô V as Kurotegumi no Otokodate Sukeroku (C), and Ôtani Tomoemon V as Torii Shinzaemon (L)

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Triptych: 11.17358 (left), 11.38949a-b (right and center) Play: Atari Kuji Mansei Soga Theater: Morita


Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 国貞画


Censor's seal: Hare 1 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Tanaka Hori Ushi


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, 1867 (Keiô 3), 1st month


Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.17358, 11.38949a-b

Medium or Technique

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