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Actors Seki Utasuke as the Laundress (Sentakuya) Uta, Seki Sanjûrô III as the Mother (Haha) Kataomoi (R), Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Daughter (Musume) Kakezara (C), and Ichikawa Kobunji I as the Servant (Genan) Johei (L)

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Play: Ichiban Norime Iki no Sashimono Theater: Morita


Kunichika ga (on each sheet) 国周画


Censor's seal: Ox 3 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Asakura Hori Man 丑三改


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, 1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 201-6124 (R), 201-6125 (C), 201-6126 (L)


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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