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The Ken Game of the Five Colors (Itsu iro ken): Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V as the Master (Danna), Bandô Mitsugorô VI as the Craftsman's Wife (Shigotoshi nyôbô) (R), Ôtani Tomoemon V as a Craftsman (Shigotoshi), and Iwai Shijaku II as a Baby Minder (Komori)

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Two left sheets of incomplete triptych; title on missing right sheet..


Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet) 国周筆


Censor's seal: Hare 2 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ei 卯二改


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, 1867 (Keiô 3), 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 101-7303 (right sheet, not in MFA), 101-7304 (center), 101-7305 (left)


Vertical ôban diptych

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Medium or Technique

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