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Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Iwanaga Saemon (R), Ichikawa Ichizô III as Chichibu no Shigetada (C), Onoe Eizaburô 4.5 (later Kawarazaki Kunitarô II), from Kamigata, as the Courtesan (Yûkun) Akoya, and Nakamura Fukusuke II as Hanzawa Rokurô (L)

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Triptych: 11.21443 (left), 11.21444 (center), 11.21445 (right) The actor later known as Kawarazaki Kunitarô II used the name Onoe Eizaburô from 8/1863 to 2/1869 but is not considered a formal member of the lineage; he falls between the official Eizaburô IV and Eizaburô V.


Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)


Censor's seal: Boar 8 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Sennosuke (on right sheet)


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, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 8th month


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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