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The Old Story of the Kusunoki Family (Kusunoki mukashi-banashi): Actors Bandô Kamezô I as the Brushcutter (Shibakari) Tokudayû (R); Bandô Hikosaburô V as the Farmer (Hyakushô) Shôsaku, Actually (Jitsu wa) Kusunoki Tamonmaru; Iwai Shijaku II, formerly Kume

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MFA impressions: 11.39747a-c, 11.41159a-c Play: Kusunoki Mukashibanashi Theater: Nakamura


Grandpa went to the mountain to gather brush, and Grandma went to the river to wash clothes. (Jijii wa yama ni shibakari ni, babaa wa kawa e sentaku ni) 「ちゞいわ山に志ばかりに ばゝアハ川えせんたくに 楠昔咄」


Yoshiiku ga (on each sheet) 芳幾画(よし枠)


Censor's seal: Rat 1 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô 子正改 片田彫長


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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-5271 (R), 100-5272 (C), 100-5273 (L)


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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