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Actors Iwai Yonesaburô III as Hisakata-hime, Arashi Kichisaburô III as Kimura Tatewaki (R); Nakamura Tomijûrô II as Sangoku no Tayû, actually the Earth Spider Spirit (C); Nakamura Nakasuke II as Kongôtarô, Onoe Kikujirô II as Woman Pilgrim Akitsuki (L)

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Triptych: 11.29215 (right), 11.29216 (center), 11.29217 (left) MFA impressions: 11.29170-1 (two right sheets only), 11.29178-80, 11.29215-7


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 豊国画(年玉枠)


Censors' seals: Watanabe, Mera, Ox 7


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, 1853 (Kaei 6), 7th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.8 x 75.6 cm (14 1/2 x 29 3/4 in.)

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