According to Schwaab, this triptych "is actually a New Year's composition that does not reflect an actual performance. The role names all represent auspicious things..." (p. 144).
Ôju Kunihiro ga
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:  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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Edo period, 1832 (Tenpô 3), 1st month
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 99; Kitagawa et al 2006, #27; Schwaab 1989, #134
Vertical ôban triptych
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink, color and metallic pigment on paper