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Actors, from right: Kataoka Gadô II as Hotei Ichi and Kataoka Ichizô I as Kaminari Shôkurô; Mimasu Daigorô IV as Karigane Bunshichi; Kataoka Gadô II as Kadozaemon; Nakayama Bunshichi IV as An no Heibei and Anegawa Shinkurô IV as Gokuin Sen'emon

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Play: Otokodate Itsutsu Karigane Theater: Chikugo The Ikeda bunko impression has no publisher's mark. The MFA impression has the Ikekichi publisher's mark.


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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, 1852 (Kaei 5), 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 108; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #437


Vertical chûban tetraptych; 25.5 x 73.4 cm (10 1/16 x 28 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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