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First Play of the Stage-opening Performance at the Ichimura Theater (Ichimura-za butai hiraki kyôgen shisome no zu): Actor Ichikawa Kuzô II as Senzai, with Musicians Namizaki Toyomoji, Namizaki Tokuji, and Tomimoto Buzendayû (R); Ichimura Uzaemon XII as O

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MFA impressions: 11.22244 (right sheet), 11.22245 (left sheet), 11.43385a-c (complete triptych)


Ôju Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 応需国貞画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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, 1842 (Tenpô 13), 9th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 35 x 69.2 cm (13 3/4 x 27 1/4 in.)

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