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Celebration at the Nakamura Theater (Nakamura-za kotobuki hirô no zu): Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I, Moritaya Kan’ya XII, Ichimura Uzaemon XIII, Ichikawa Shinsha I, Tokiwazu Komojidayû (musician), Sawamura Tosshô II, Nakamura Shikan IV (R); Nakamura Kanza

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MFA impressions: 11.38743a-c (complete), 11.38962 (right sheet only)


Ôju Kunisada ga (on right sheet), Kunisada ga (on center and left sheets) 応需国貞画 国貞画


Blockcutter's marks: Katada Hori Chô (on right and left sheets), Hori hô (on center sheet)


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 201-0663 (R), 201-0664 (C), 201-0665 (L)


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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