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A Parody of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Mitate Sangokushi): Actors Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Ushiwaka no Genji (R), Sawamura Tosshô II as Kyûo ... (C), and Nakamura Shikan as Kumonryû no Shinkichi (L)

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Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet) 国周筆


Censor's seal: Dragon 4 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Ushinosuke 辰四改


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), 4th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-2242 (R), 007-2241 (C), 007-2240 (L)


Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 75.5 cm (14 3/16 x 29 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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