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Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Tadanobu Rihei (R); Iwai Kumesaburô III as Akaboshi Jûza and Nakamura Shikan IV as Nangô Rikimaru (C); Seki Sanjûrô III as Nippondaemon and Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Benten Kozô Kikunosuke (L)

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MFA impressions: 11.36800a-c, 11.39887a-c, 11.39888a-c


Kuniaki ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 国明画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Dog 2 aratame Blockcutter's marks: Hori Kane (on right and center sheets), Koizumi Hori Kane (on left sheet)


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, 1862 (Bunkyû 2), 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû II (2010), #73


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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