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Backstage Celebrations of a Full-house Hit at the Nakamura Theater (Nakamura-za ôiri gakuya atari furumai no zu): Actors Ogino Isaburô II, Onoe Kokozô, Onoe Eizaburô II, Iwai Matsunosuke I, Bandô Tsurujûrô I, Seki Sanpei, Onoe Onozô, Ichikawa Tobizô, Ichi

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RIght sheet of incomplete triptych. MFA impressions: 11.22791 (right sheet only), 2009.5008.9a-c (complete)


Kunisada ga 国貞画


Censor's seals: kiwame, Tsuruya Kinsuke (on left sheet) 改印: 極、鶴金


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, 1811 (Bunka 8), 11th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #97


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Medium or Technique

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