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Actors Kataoka Gadô II as Matsugae Tetsunosuke (R) and Arashi Rikan III as Saibara Kageyu (L), from the series Tales of Renowned Heroes (Kômei buyû den)

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MFA impressions: 11.35609a-b (complete), 11.41926 (left sheet only) Play: Meiboku Sendaihagi Theater: Chikugo The Ikeda bunko impression has Tenmaya Kihei publisher's mark. The MFA impression has Kinkadô Konishi publisher's mark on the right sheet only.


Hirosada (on each sheet) 広貞


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, 1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 104; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #085


Vertical chûban diptych; 25.1 x 35.2 cm (9 7/8 x 13 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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