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Actors, from right: Iwai Shijaku as Tamuramaru, Nakamura Utaemon III as Idaten Keibu, Arashi Rikan as Seki no Shôichi, and Nakamura Matsue as Tsukiyuki-hime

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Tetraptych, from right to left: 11.35278, 11.35279, 11.35280, 11.35281


Utagawa Sadamasu ga (on R and CL); Shunbaisai Hokuei ga (on CR and L) 歌川貞升画 春梅斎北英画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1832 (Tenpô 3)

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Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 99


Vertical ôban tetraptych; 37.5 x 102.7 cm (14 3/4 x 40 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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