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Actors, from right: Bandô Jûtarô I as Teranishi Kanshin; Arashi Koroku IV as Komurasaki; Iwai Hanshirô V as Shirai Gonpachi; Matsumoto Kôshirô V as Banzui Chôbei

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Tetraptych, from right to left: 11.26855, 11.26856, 11.26857, 11.26858 Play: Tatehiki Kotoba no Hanakawado Theater: Naka

Signed

Shunkôsai Hokushû ga (on each sheet) 春好斎北洲画

Provenance

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, 1821 (Bunsei 4), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 90; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #103

Dimensions

Vertical ôban tetraptych

Accession Number

11.26855-8

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints