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The Stage Performance of The Eight Dog Heroes that Audiences Have Been Waiting For (Kankyaku machi Hakkenden no hatsu butai): Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as the Ghost (Rei) of Fuse-hime, Bandô Hikosaburô V as Inuyama Dôsetsu Tadatomo, Ichikawa Ichizô III

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Triptych: 11.40214 (right sheet), 11.40897a-b (center and left sheets) MFA impressions: 11.40214VR (11.40214, 11.40897a-b), 11.45396.30 (complete triptych, creped)


Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu (on each sheet) 七十八歳豊国筆


Censor's seal: Boar 6 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô 改印: 亥六改 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, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 006-2248 (R), 006-2247 (C), 006-2246 (L)


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 72.3 cm (14 x 28 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40214, 11.40897a-b

Medium or Technique

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