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Actors, from right: Onoe Tamizô II as Inuyama Dôsetsu, Arashi Rikaku II as Yamanouchi Yorisada, Nakamura Karoku I as Keno's Mother (Haha), and Arashi Rikan III as Inuzaka Keno

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Triptych: 11.20663 (center), 11.20665 (right), 11.21113 (left) Play: Keisei Yatsu no Hanafusa Theater: Kado


Kunikazu (on each sheet) 国員


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, 1857 (Ansei 4), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 88 (as 11.20665a-c); Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #551


Vertical chûban triptych

Accession Number

11.20663, 11.20665, 11.21113

Medium or Technique

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