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Opening Performance in the Eleventh Month (Kagurazuki kaomise no kôkei)

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Triptych: 11.15768 (right), 11.15769 (left), 11.29045 (center) MFA impressions: 11.15768VR (11.15768, 11.15769,11.29045), 11.45214 (right sheet only), 11.45215 (left sheet only)


Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 五渡亭国貞画


Censor's seal: kiwame (on each sheet) 改印: 極


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1816 (Bunka 13)

Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage (2004), #22; Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #15/2 (complete triptych)


Vertical ôban triptych; 38 x 25.5 cm (14 15/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15768, 11.15769, 11.29045

Medium or Technique

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