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Acts VII and VIIII: Actors Onoe Kikugorô IV as Okaru, Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Ôboshi Yuranosuke, Nakamura Kamezô I as Ono Kudayû (R), Nakamura Fukusuke I as Teraoka Heiemon, Bando Tamasaburô II as the Daughter (Musume) Konami, and Onoe Kikugorô IV as Hon

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Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.15717 (left), 11.22485 (right) From a set of twelve sheets that link together as four triptychs.


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Monkey 6 aratame No blockcutter's mark 改印: 申六改


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, 1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 6th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-1001 (R), 100-1002 (L), and 100-1003 (the third sheet, not in MFA)


Vertical ôban diptych; 37.2 x 25.6 cm (14 5/8 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15717, 11.22485

Medium or Technique

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