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Actors Sawamura Tosshô II as Hiranoya Kôjirô (R), Bandô Sanpachi V as Tôji's Student (Teiji) Kane, Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Wakokubashi Tôji (C), and Ichimura Kakitsu IV as the Pickpocket (Kinchakukiri) Takemon no Tora (L)

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Triptych: 11.22306 (left), 11.22307 (right), 11.22308 (center) Play: Sandai Banashi Kôza no Shinsaku Theater: Ichimura


Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 国貞画(年玉枠)


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, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 2nd month


Vertical ôban triptych

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