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Actors Nakamura Matsue as the Daughter Karaori (R), Arashi Rikan II as Mashiba Hisatsugu (C), Nakamura Utaemon III as Ishida no Tsubone and Nakamura Umesuke I as Mashiba Hisaaki (L)

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Triptych: 11.35161 (right), 11.35162 (center), 11.35163 (left) MFA impressions: 11.35009 (center sheet only), 11.35161-3 (complete triptych) Play: Keisei Setsugekka Theater: Kado


Gigadô Ashiyuki ga (on each sheet) 戯画堂芦ゆき画


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 97; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #290


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.6 x 75.2 cm (14 13/16 x 29 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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