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Actors Sawamura Tosshô II as Taira Koremori (R), Bandô Hikosaburô V as Igami Gonta, and Nakamura Nakazô III as Sushiya Yazaemon (L)

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Right and center sheets of incomplete triptych. The left sheet shows Ôtani Tomoemon as Kajiwara Kagesue. Play: Ichinomori Kujira no Ôyose Theater: Morita

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet) 国周筆

Marks

No blockcutter's mark 卯七改

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-4464 (R), 100-4465 (L), and 100-4466 (the leftmost sheet, not in MFA)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych

Accession Number

11.41569a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints