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Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Moronao in the Introduction (Daijo), Ichikawa Sadanji I as Hangan in the Third Act (Sandanme), and Ichikawa Danjurô IX as Honzô in the Second Act (Nidanme), in the Hit Opening Performance (Hatsubutai atari kaomise)

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Right sheet of incomplete diptych or triptych?


Kunichika hitsu 国周筆


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, Meiji era,

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-1274


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Medium or Technique

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