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Entrance of a Kabuki Theater at the Season-Opening Performance (Kaomise kyôgen)

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Diptych (two left sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.14930 (left), 11.1431 (right)


Shun'ei ga (on each sheet) 春英画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1786–87 (Tenmei 6–7)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 2, British Museum II (1987), pl. 102 (complete triptych); Ukiyo-e shûka 11 (1979), pls. 107-9 (complete triptych)


Vertical ôban diptych; 38 x 26.1 cm (14 15/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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