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Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Bunin Kagekiyo (R), Bandô Kamezô I as Sajidayû, and Bandô Mitsugorô VI as Kagekiyo's Daughter (Musume) Hitomaru (L)

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Diptych: 11.38776 (right), 11.41662 (left) Play: Yasa Heike Shirabe no Futsutsuka Theater: Morita


Kunichika ga, in toshidama cartouche (on left sheet only) 国周画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Boar 8 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Matsushima Hori Masa 亥八改 松島彫政


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-3944 (R), 100-3945 (L)


Vertical ôban diptych

Accession Number

11.38776, 11.41662

Medium or Technique

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