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Actors, from right: Nakayama Nanshi II (R); Ichikawa Ichizô I and Ichikawa Shiyû (CR); Yamashita Kinsaku IV and Nakamura Tomosa II (CL); and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Danshichi Mohei (L), in Act 2 of Shigure no Karakasa

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Tetraptych: 11.35601a-b (left two sheets), 11.41974a-b (right two sheets) MFA impressions: 11.35601VR (11.35601a-b, 11.41974a-b), 11.35602a-d Play: Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa Theater: Naka


Hirosada (on each sheet) 広貞


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, 1851 (Kaei 4), 5th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 107; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #369


Vertical chûban tetraptych; 25.8 x 73.4 cm (10 3/16 x 28 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.35601a-b, 11.41974a-b

Medium or Technique

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