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Actors Sawamura Tosshô II as Hangan Yoshitsune (R), Iwai Shijaku II as Shizuka (C), and Nakamura Shikan IV as Fox (Kitsune) Tadanobu (L)

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MFA impressions: 11.25072VR (11.25072, 11.40131, C and R sheets respectively), 11.36960a-c (complete triptych) Play: Ichinomori Kujira no Ôyose Theater: Morita


Fusatane ga (on each sheet)


Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Chô (on right and center sheets), Hori Chô (on left sheet)


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1867 (Keiô 3), 7th month


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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