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Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as the Dance Teacher (Odorishinan) Shinonome (R), Kawarazaki Kunitarô I as the Living Ghost (Ikiryô) of Akogi (C), Iwai Shijaku II as Tasogare, and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Ashikaga Mitsuuji (L)

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Triptych: 11.17331 (center), 11.17332 (left), 11.17333 (right)


Kunisada ga (on right and left sheets), Baichôrô Kunisada ga (on center sheet) 国貞画 梅蝶楼国貞画


Censor's seal: Rat 10 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô (on each sheet) 改印: 子十改 彫師: 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: 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), 10th month


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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