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Actors Iwai Shijaku II as Shôbu no Kata (R), Sawamura Tosshô II as Takechi Samanosuke (C), and Ichikawa Sadanji I as Irie Chôbei (L)

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Play: Gosho Ôgi Soga no Toshidama Theater: Morita


Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet) 国周筆


Censor's seal: Horse 1 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Cho 午正改 片田彫長


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, Meiji era, 1870 (Meiji 3), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-5817, 100-5818, 100-5819


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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