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Actors Nakamura Matsue III as Otaka (R), and Ichikawa Ebijûrô I as Mokuemon and Ichikawa Danzô V as Yashichi (L)

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Diptych: 11.35461 (right), 11.35462 (left) Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura Theater: Kado


Shunkôsai Hokushû (on each sheet) 春好斎北洲


画家の印章: 北洲 版元: 天満屋喜兵衛。池田文庫所蔵品には「玉水」印もあり。 改印: なし


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, 1824 (Bunsei 7), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 93; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #153


Vertical ôban diptych; 38 x 51.6 cm (14 15/16 x 20 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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