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Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Kumasaka Ochô (R), Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Kirare Otomi (C), and Nakamura Shikan IV as Yakigane Okuma (L), from the pentaptych The Incomparable Snow-White Skin of the Valiant Women of Edo (Tôto Fuji yuki no hada-ai)

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Three sheets of incomplete pentaptych (right, center right, and center left). MFA impressions: 11.41600 (one sheet, same as 11.41737c), 11.41737a-c (three sheets)

Signed

Kunichika ga (on each sheet) 国周画

Marks

Censor's seal: Rat 12 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ei 改印: 子十二改 彫師: 彫栄

Provenance

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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 12th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû II (2010), #91 (complete pentaptych)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41737a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints