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Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Katô Masakiyo (R), Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as Kimura Matazô (C), ... as Katô ..., and ... as Hatsuyo, in Act 5 of the play Kiyome no Funauta

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MFA impressions: 11.35585 (right sheet only), 11.35586a-c (complete triptych) Play: Keisei Kiyome no Funauta Theater: Naka The Ikeda bunko impression has Ningyôichi publisher's mark. This impression has no publisher's mark.


Hirosada (on each sheet) 広貞


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, 1851 (Kaei 4), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 107; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #341


Vertical chûban triptych; 25 x 55.5 cm (9 13/16 x 21 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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