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Actors Seki Sanjurô III as the Mother (Haha) Kataomoi, Onoe Baikô 4.6 (Kakunosuke) as the Younger Sister (Imôto) Benizara (L), Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Stepdaughter (Mamako) Kakezara (C), and Nakamura Shikan IV as Kongôjin Jôroku (R)

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Triptych: 11.21383 (left), 11.21384 (center), 11.21385 (right) The actor Onoe Kakunosuke used the name Onoe Baikô between 1864/2 and 1866/8 but is not recognized as an official member of the line. He is the second of the two unofficial holders of the name between Baikô IV and Baikô V.


Kunichika ga (on each sheet) 国周画


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, 1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 2nd month


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.3 x 75 cm (14 11/16 x 29 1/2 in.)

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