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Plum: Actors Arashi Kichisaburô III as Tôken Gonbei, Comparable to Yang Zhi (Yôshi ni hisu) (R); Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Danshichi Kurobei, Comparable to Ruan Xiaoer (Genshôji hisu) (C); and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Yakko no Koman, Comparable to Little Sanni

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Triptych: 11.29736 (left), 11.42437 (center), 11.42436 (right) MFA impressions: 00.921VR (00.921, 00.922, 00.955), 11.15474 (right sheet only), 11.29736VR (11.29736, 11.42436, 11.42437)


Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 任好豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Goat 8 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take 改印: 未八改 彫師: 横川彫竹


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, 1859 (Ansei 6), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû II (2010), #48 (C only); Kokubungaku kenkyû shiryôkan, ed., Zusetsu mitate to yatsushi (2008), pp. 82-5, cat. nos. 73 (R), 74 (C), 75 (L)


Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.29736, 11.42437, 11.42436

Medium or Technique

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