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Actors ... as Iwanaga Saemon and Onoe Kikujirô II as Akoya, in the Scene of Torture by Koto in The Battle of Dannoura (Dannoura Kabuto Gunki, Kotozeme no dan), from the series Parodies of Famous Titles (Mitate gedai zukushi)

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Right sheet of incomplete diptych.


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画


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, Edo period, 1847 (Kôka 4), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kuniyoshi Project db (complete diptych)


Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.3 cm (14 x 9 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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