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A Modern Triptych of an Imaginary Scene (Tôsei mitate sanpukutsui): Actors Kawarazaki Sanshô as ... Botan no ... (R) and Nakamura Shikan as Yoshiwara Suzume no ... (L)

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Two right sheets of an incomplete triptych.


Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 国貞画


Censor's seal: Rat 2 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Mino (left sheet only) 改印: 彫師: 彫工巳の (left sheet only)


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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 2nd month


Vertical ôban diptych

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