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Actors Nakamura Matsue III as Shizuka no Mae (R), Nakamura Utaemon III as Fox Tadanobu and Asao Kunizô I as Hayami Tôta (L)

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Diptych: 11.35441 (right), 11.35442 (left) Play: Yoshitsune Senbonzakura Theater: Kado


Shunkôsai Hokushû ga (on each sheet) 春好斎北洲画


画家の印章: なし 版元: 本屋清七 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, 1820 (Bunsei 3), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 89; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #081; Schwaab 1989, #26; Keyes, PMA cat. (1973), #215 (no photo)


Vertical ôban diptych; 37.8 x 50.9 cm (14 7/8 x 20 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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