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A Jôruri Performance of The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers, Acts IV and V (Jôruri Chûshingura, Yodanme, Godanme): Actors Arashi Kichiroku I as a Puppet Manipulator (Ningyô-zukai), the Roles of Yoichibei and Sadakurô in a Quick-change Act by a Puppet (Ningy

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Play: Chûshingura Sugata no Eawase Theater: Ichimura


Kunisada hitsu 国貞筆


Censor's seal: Ox 4 aratame 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: 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, 1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 4th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-0953 (different version, without the words Act IV and the figure of Onoe Kikujirô)


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Medium or Technique

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