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Actors at the Three Theaters: Ichimura Kakitsu IV for the Ichimura-za (R), Nakamura Shikan IV for the Morita-za (C), and Sawamyura Tosshô II for the Nakamura-za

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Triptych: 11.41676 (right), 11.41763a-b (center and left)


Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet) 国周筆


Censor's seal: Dragon 1 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Takichi (on right and left sheets) 辰正改


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period–Meiji era, 1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-0670 (R), 007-0669 (C), 007-0668 (L)


Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41676, 11.41763a-b

Medium or Technique

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