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Actors, from right: Seki Sanjûrô II as Sugikura Kisonosuke Ujimoto, Nakamura Tamijûrô II as Princess Fuse, Arashi Rikan II as Kanamari Daisuke, and Nakayama Nanshi II as the Courtesan Tamazusa

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Tetraptych: 11.35282 (right), 11.35283 (center right), 11.35284 (center left), 11.35285 (left) Play: Hana no Ani Tsubomi no Yatsufusa Theater: Naka


Shunbaisai Hokuei ga (on each sheet) 春梅斎北英画


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, 1836 (Tenpô 7), 1st month

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Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Museum, Hakkenden no sekai (2008), #192; Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 101; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #374


Vertical ôban tetraptych; 37.3 x 99.6 cm (14 11/16 x 39 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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