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Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Sakata Kintoki and Onoe Baikô 4.6 (Kakunosuke) as Usui Sadamitsu (R); Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Courtesan Usugumo, Actually the Spirit of a Spider (Jitsu wa kumo no sei) (C); Nakamura Chûtarô as Urabe no Suetake and Ichikaw

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Triptych: 11.21464 (left), 11.21465 (center), 11.21466 (right) Play: Kubeki Yoi Kumo no Itosuji Theater: Morita The actor Onoe Kakunosuke used the name Onoe Baikô between 1864/2 and 1866/8 but is not recognized as an official member of the line. He is the second of the two unofficial holders...

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Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 国貞画


Censor's seal: Rat 10 aratame No blockcutter's mark 改印: 子十改


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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 10th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Nat. Mus. of J. Hist., Nishiki-e wa ika ni tsukarareta ka (2009), #53


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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