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The Glorious Sanshô Lineage: Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô I as Kamakura Kengorô, II as Kumedera Danjô, III as Agemaki no Sukeroku (R), IV as Hinin Kagekiyo, V as Yanone Gorô, VI as Nagasaki Jirô (C), VII as Fuwa Banzaemon, and VIII as Shinozuka Iga no Kami (L)

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Triptych: 11.15870 (right), 11.15871 (center), 11.15872 (left)


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 豊国画(年玉枠)


Censors' seals No blockcutter's mark


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1849–52 (Kaei 2–5)


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.2 x 76.5 cm (14 5/8 x 30 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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