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The Old Story of Kanegafuchi (Mukashi Kanegafuchi no yurai): Actors Onoe Baikô IV as Okumi (R), Nakamura Utaemon IV as Hôkaibô (C), and Matsumoto Koshirô VI as Dôguya Jinzô (L)

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MFA impressions: 11.38137 (right sheet only, key block), 11.38501a-c (complete triptych, color) Play: Hitofudegaki Sumida no Hatsukari Theater: Nakamura


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1847 (Kôka 4), 7th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.7 x 72.6 cm (14 1/16 x 28 9/16 in.)

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