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Demons Out, Good Luck In (Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi): Actors Sawamura Tanosuke III (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I (C), and Ichimura Kakitsu IV (L)

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Triptych: 11.40472 (right sheet), 11.41638a-b (center and left sheets)


Kunichika ga (on each sheet) 国周画


Censor's seal: Rat 12 aratame No blockcutter's mark 改印: 子十二改


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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 12th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-1748 (R), 007-0468 (C), 007-04689 (L)


Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.40472, 11.41638a-b

Medium or Technique

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