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signed Kunisada hitsu with Toshidama artist’s seal, publisher’s mark of Tsutaya Kichizo of Koeido, combined censor and date seal Ushi-roku, aratame (year of the ox , 6th month, examined)
oban tate-e triptych 14 by 29 1/8 in., 35.6 by 73.9 cm
The actor Onoe Kikujiro II (1814-1875) is in the role of Kumokiri Oroku, the actor Bando Mitsugoro VI (1846-1873) is in the role of Osaraba Oden, the actor Sawamura Tossho II (Suketakaya Takasuke IV, 1838-1886) is in the role of Kinezumi Okichi, and the actor Ichimura Kakitsu IV (Onoe Kikugoro V, 1844-1903) is in the role of Subashiri Okuma from the play Musume Hyoban Zen’aku Kagami (Reputation of Maidens, Mirror of the Good and Bad), staged at the Ichimura theater in Edo in 1865.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (mfa.org), from the Bigelow Collection, accession no. 11.38943-4