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Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Izaemon (R), Mimasu Daigorô IV as Kizaemon (C), and Nakayama Nanshi II as Yûgiri (L), in Chûkô Kuruwa Bunsho

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Play: Kuruwa Bunsho Theater: Naka The Ikeda bunko impression has Kinkadô Konishi publisher's mark. The MFA impression has Tenmaya Kihei publisher's mark on center print, and illegible publisher's mark on right print.

Signed

Hirosada (on each sheet) 広貞

Provenance

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, Edo period, 1850 (Kaei 3), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 106; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #319

Dimensions

Vertical chûban triptych; 25.1 x 55.2 cm (9 7/8 x 21 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.35641a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints