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Actors Seki Sanjûrô II as Ranmaru (R), Bandô Mitsugorô III as Harunaga (C), and Matsumoto Kôshirô V as Mitsuhide (L)

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Triptych: 11.21649 (left), 11.21650 (right), 11.21651 (center) Unidentified publisher's mark. Play: Kotoba no Hana Tsuki mo Mitsuhide Theater: Nakamura


Toyokuni ga (on each sheet) 豊国画


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: 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, 1817 (Bunka 14), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 001-0311 (R, green ground), 100-5766 (R, white ground), 100-5767 (C, white ground), 100-5768 (L, white ground)


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.8 x 75.4 cm (14 1/2 x 29 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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