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Actors Morita Kan'ya XI as Kataoka Miki no kami Tatsumoto, Nakayama Ichizô I as Nakayama Gentôta Sôren, Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Mashiba Tairyô Hisayoshi, Iwai Kumesaburô III as Midai Aya no kata, Arashi Otohachi III, Iwai Tasunosuke I (?) as Koshimoto Tats

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Triptych: 11.22327 (right), 11.22328 (center), 11.22329 (left) Play: Kinoshita Soga Megumi no Masagoji Theater: Nakamura


Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on right and left sheets); Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on center sheet) 香蝶楼豊国画 一陽斎豊国画


Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, shita-uri 衣笠、村田、シタ売


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, 1851 (Kaei 4), 1st month


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 72.9 cm (14 x 28 11/16 in.)

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