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Backstage at a Newly Opened Theater (Odori keiyô nikai-iri no zu): Actors Nakamura Daikichi III, Morita Kan'ya XI, Nakamura Kôzô I, Asao Yoroku II, Kataoka Gadô II (R); Onoe Kikugorô IV, Seki Sanjûrô III, Nakamura Kantarô I, Ichimura Uzaemon XIII [Nakamur

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Two right sheets of an incomplete triptych that is the lower half of a two-tier hexaptych. MFA impressions: 11.22366VR (11.22366, 11.22367, 11.22475; lower half), 11.28578-83 (upper half, 11.28578-80; lower half, 11.28581-3), 11.39669a-b (two right sheets of lower half), 11.44200a-f (complete)


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


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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, 1856 (Ansei 3), 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #92 (complete two-tier hexaptych)


Vertical ôban diptych; 35.8 x 50 cm (14 1/8 x 19 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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