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Actors, from right: Nakamura Tomijûrô II as Minazuru-hime, Nakamura Tamasuke I as Kiichi Hôgen, Mimasu Gennosuke I as the Footman (Yakko) Chienai, and Nakamura Karoku I as Ushiwakamaru

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Play: Kiichi Hôgen Sanryaku no Maki Theater: Naka


Gochôtei Sadamasu ga (on each sheet) 五蝶亭貞升画


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, 1837 (Tenpô 8), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 103; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 3 (2001), #113


Vertical ôban tetraptych

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Medium or Technique

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