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Actors Nakamura Nakazô I as Utô Yasukata (R), Osagawa Tsuneyo II as Onoe no Mae (CR), Ichikawa Danjûrô V as Yoshiie (CL), and Onoe Matsusuke II as the Footman (Yakko) Tametsugu (L)

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Tetraptych: 11.18287 (center right), 11.18325 (right), 11.18422 (center left), 11.18423 (left) Play: Momiji-gasa Ito no Nishikigi Part of: Date Nishiki Tsui no Yumitori Theater: Morita


Katsukawa Shunkô ga (on each sheet) 勝川春好画


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1778 (An'ei 7), 11th month


Hosoban tetraptych; 31.3 x 60 cm (12 5/16 x 23 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.18287, 11.18325, 11.18422, 11.18423

Medium or Technique

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