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Actors, from right: Bandô Hikosaburô V as Kinshôjo, Arashi Kichisaburô III as Kanki, Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as Watônai, and Bandô Kamezô as Watônai's mother, in Kokusenya Kassen

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MFA impressions: 11.35505a-d, 11.41977a-c (three right sheets only) Play: Kokusen'ya Kassen (The Battles of Coxinga) Theater: Naka


Yoshitaki ga (on a and b), Yoshitaki (on c), Ichiyôsai Yoshitaki ga (on d) 芳瀧画、 一養斎芳瀧画


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, 1859 (Ansei 6), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 111; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 5 (2005), #028


Vertical chûban tetraptych

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Medium or Technique

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