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Actors Onoe Kikugorô III as Dozaemon Denkichi (R), Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Nakano Tôbei (C), and Mimasu Gennosuke as Teranishi Kanshin (L)

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Play: Tabi Suzume Aiyado-banashi Ishii no kerai Nakano Tôbei chûgi no tame ni Ôikawa ni te ...uchi ni au zu


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura No blockcutter's mark


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, 1847 (Kôka 4), 7th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-6472 (R), 100-6474 (C), 100-6473 (R) (dated 1854.7); Kuniyoshi Project db


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 x 73 cm (14 1/8 x 28 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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