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Act VI of The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers, a Primer (Kanadehon Chûshingura rokudanme): Actors Iwai Shigematsu I as the Mother (Haha) Okaya, Bandô Kamezô I as Suwa Kazuemon (R), Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Hayano Kanpei, Bandô Hikosaburô V as Senzaki Yagorô (

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Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura Theater: Ichimura


Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet) 国周筆


Censor's seal: Tiger 7 aratame Artist's seal: toshidama 寅七改


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 15, 2000) 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, 1866 (Keiô 2), 7th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-0522 (R), 100-0523 (C), 100-0524 (L)


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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