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Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V as Harada Kai, Sawamura Tosshô II as Itakura Naizen, Ichikawa Sadanji I as Date Aki (R), Sawamura Tosshô II as Tsubone Asaoka (C), and Nakamura Shikan IV as Matsuzen Tetsunojô (L)

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Toyohara Kunichika hitsu (on right and left sheets) 豊原国周筆


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, Meiji era, 1876 (Meiji 9), June

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-7230 (R), 100-7231 (C), 100-7232 (L)


Vertical oban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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