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Actors Onoe Kikugorô III as Kôzô (R), Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Fujibei (C), and Onoe Kikugorô III in a Second Role (Futayaku) as Denkichi (L), in the Ôi River Scene, A Great Hit (Ôikawa no ba, ôatari)

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MFA impressions: 11.40716 (left sheet only), 11.40717 (right sheet only), 11.43381a-c, 11.43461a-c (complete) Play: Ume no Haru Gojûsan Tsugi Theater: Ichimura


Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 五渡亭国貞画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1835 (Tenpô 6), 2nd month


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.7 x 77.1 cm (14 13/16 x 30 3/8 in.)

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