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Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV (inset), Ichimura Takematsu III as Sakuran, Arashi Izaburô III as Kunen, Ichikawa Akanbei as Akan, Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Kakuren, Nakamura Kantarô I as Tochimen, Nakamura Fukusuke I as both Narihira and Kisen (R); Nakamura To

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Triptych: 11.29136 (center), 11.29137 (right), 11.29768 (left) MFA impressions: 11.21582-3 (two right sheets only), 11.29070VR (11.29070, 11.290701, 11.36840; complete triptych), 11.29136VR (11.29136, 11.29137, 11.29768; complete triptych) Play: Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori Theater: Ichimura


Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on right sheet only) 応需豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 6 Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take 改印: 改、寅六 彫師: 彫竹


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, 1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 6th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Itasaka, Kabuki saiken (1927 edition), p. 26


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.3 x 49 cm (13 7/8 x 19 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.29136, 11.29137, 11.29768

Medium or Technique

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