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Actors Onoe Kikujirô II as Wife (Tsuma) Satsuki (R), Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Gosho Gorozô (C), Onoe Eizaburô IV as the Beggar (Sodegoi) Yadokari, and Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as the Beggar (Sodegoi) Setsuhei (L)

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Triptych: 11.39876 (left sheet), 11.39899a-b (right and center sheets) MFA impressions: 11.39876VR (11.39876, 11.39899a-b), 11.41781a-c Play: Soga Moyô Tateshi no Gosho-Zome Theater: Ichimura


Kunichika ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 国周画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Rat 2 aratame 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: 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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 2nd month


Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.39876, 11.39899a-b

Medium or Technique

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