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Actors, from right: Nakamura Utaemon III as Sutewakamaru, Onoe Tamizô II as Miura Hitachi, Nakamura Tomijûrô II as Gion Okaji, and Bandô Jûtarô I as Saitô Kuranosuke

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Tetraptych: 11.26862 (right), 11.26863 (center right), 11.26864 (center left), 11.26865 (left) Play: Keisei Chigogafuchi (The Chigogafuchi Pool) Theater: Kado


Shunkôsai Hokuei ga (on each sheet) 春江斎北英画


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, 1833 (Tenpô 4), 1st month

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Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 100; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #310


Vertical ôban tetraptych; 37.5 x 101.1 cm (14 3/4 x 39 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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