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Actors Seki Sanjûrô II as Otokodate Dekiboshi no Saburobei (R), Bandô Minosuke II as Tsukimi no Sangorô, actually Shinobu no Sôta (C), and Nakamura Shikan II as Otokodate Hagun no Shichibei, actually Yamada Saburô (L)

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Play: Hana ni Tori Sakigake Soga Theater: Nakamura Album: 11.37809.1a-c-.31a-c


「関紋の三階松のしけれるは枝葉ふりよき関のわさをき 松月居千代延」 「雨か下に類は稀なるかくれ簑たからひゐきときせる成けり 湖月堂勇魚」 「をしなへてひゐきの〆のみつるらん舳路もせましと匂ふねし梅 望月構光」


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画


Censor's seal: kiwame 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, 1832 (Tenpô 3), 1st month


Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 25.8 cm (14 13/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

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