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Backstage at the Season Opening Performance of the Morita Theater, a Triptych (Morita-za kaomise gakuya no zu, sanmai tsuzuki)

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Two left sheets of incomplete triptych; title on right sheet. MFA impressions: 11.15918-20 (complete triptych), 11.39449a-b (two left sheets only) Actors Ichikawa Shinzô III, Nakamura Daikichi I, Matsumoto Kojirô I, Onoe Shôroku I, Bandô Otohei, Kiriyama Monji III, Ichikawa Kurizô,...

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Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 国貞画




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, 1811 (Bunka 8), 7th month


Vertical ôban diptych

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