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The Interior of a Kabuki Theater

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Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.17141 (left), 11.17142 (right) Another version, with a different scene in the center sheet: 50.4046-8


Toyokuni ga 豊国画


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,

Catalogue Raisonné

Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #95 (other version); Nagata et al, The NY and NJ Ukiyo-e Collection (exh. cat., 1997), #54 (other version); Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #225 (same version as 11.17141-2)


Vertical ôban diptych

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Medium or Technique

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