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Actors Seki Sanjûrô II as Inanoya Hanbei (R), Matsumoto Somegorô I as the Porter (Hakomochi) Kisuke, Iwai Kumesaburô II as Inaba Kôzô, Actually (Jitsu wa) the Geisha Kohina, an unidentified actor (C), and Iwai Shijaku I as Zenjibô (L)

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Play: Soga Nakamura Aki no Torikomi Theater: Nakamura


「ねんねが子もりはどこへいたあの山こへてしらなみやはてはあくたの水のあわ」。画中の屏風には「.裙模様奥津白浪<つまもやふおきつしらなみ> 絵入よみ本 鶴屋南北作 歌川国貞画 右此狂言の正本絵入ニ仕当秋よりうり出し候間もよりの本屋にて御求御一らん可下候 以上?」「十二童亀岳写」とあり。 「きへてながるゝゑだ川に★なさけなやしのべとはるゝ月のふね」 「またのたまたにせかるゝかげはあのむらくものうきおもひそれもうつゝかあいらしくいわけなき子のなにをかたるや」


Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 五渡亭国貞画


Censor's seal: kiwame (on each sheet) 改印: 極


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, 1826 (Bunsei 9), 8th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.6 x 79.8 cm (14 13/16 x 31 7/16 in.)

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