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The Old Story of the Palace Ladies of Mirror Mountain (Mukashigatari okuzutome no Kagamiyama): Actors Sawamura Sôjûrô V as Tsubone Iwafuji (R), Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Chûrô Onoe (C), and Bandô Shûka I as Onoe's Servant (Meshitsukai) Hatsu (L)

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Triptych: 11.15825 (right), 11.15826 (left), 11.15827 (center)


Hanmoto no ôju Toyokuni ga (on right and center sheets), Ôju Toyokuni ga (on left sheet) 梓元の応需豊国画 応需豊国画


Censors' seals: Yoshimura, Muramatsu 吉村、村松


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) 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), 2nd month


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.2 x 77.9 cm (14 5/8 x 30 11/16 in.)

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