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Act XI: Actors Onoe Kikugorô IV as Osono, Kataoka Gatô II as Ôboshi Rikiya, Onoe Baikô 4.5 as Senzaki Yagorô, and Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Kô no Moronao, from the series Twelve Continuous Acts of The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers, a Primer (Kanadehon Chûs

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Center sheet of an incomplete triptych showing Acts X, Xi, and XII. From a set of twelve sheets that link together as four triptychs. The actor later known as Jitsukawa Enjaku I used the name Onoe Baikô from 1/1859 to 2/1863 but is not considered a formal member of the lineage; he falls between...

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


Censor's seal: Monkey 7 aratame No blockcutter's mark


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

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-1005; also 100-1004 (right sheet of triptych) and 100-1006 (left sheet of triptych)


Vertical ôban; 37.2 x 25.5 cm (14 5/8 x 10 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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