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The Tsûten Bridge Scene: Actors Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Ashikaga Yoshimasa kô and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Asakura Tôgô

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Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.38134 (left), 11.38135 (right) Play: Higashiyama Sakura-zôshi Theater: Nakamura


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画


Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, shita-uri No blockcutter's mark


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1851 (Kaei 4), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kuniyoshi Project db (complete triptych, color)


Vertical ôban diptych; 40.2 x 56 cm (15 13/16 x 22 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper