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Actors Nakamura Nakazô I as Watanabe no Tsuna (R), Ichikawa Monnosuke II as Urabe no Suetaka (C), and Ichikawa Danjûrô V as Sakata Kintoki (L)

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Triptych (three sheets of incomplete pentaptych): 11.18443 (right), 11.25006 (center), 11.25007 (left) MFA impressions: 11.18442 (left sheet only), 11.18443VR (three sheets: 11.18443, 11.25006, 11.25007) Play: Shitennô Tonoi no Kisewata Theater: Nakamura


Shunjô ga (on each sheet) 春常画


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, 1781 (An'ei 10/Tenmei 1), 11th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e taikei 3 (1976), #57-61 (complete pentaptych)


Hosoban triptych; 32.7 x 44.7 cm (12 7/8 x 17 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.18443, 11.25006, 11.25007

Medium or Technique

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