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Actors Iwai Shijaku II as Yamatoya Owaka (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Fuwa Banzaemon Shigekatsu (C), and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Nagoya Sanza Motoharu (L)

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Triptych: 11.41330 (center), 11.41331 (left), 11.41332 (right) Possibly photographed out of order; the female figure may be the center sheet. Play: Sato Tsubame Sugata no Inazuma Theater: Nakamura


Yoshitora ga (on each sheet) 芳虎画


Censor's seal: Rat 4 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Sei (on right 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 4th month


Vertical ôban triptych

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