Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô I as Soga no Gorô, II as Yanone Gorô, and III as Narukami (R); VII as Benkei and VIII as Sukeroku (C); IV as Taira no Kagekiyo, V as Taira no Yoshikado, and VI as Kamakura no Gongorô Kagemasa in Shibaraku (L)
初代市川団十郎の曽我五郎、二代目の矢の根五郎、三代目の鳴神上人 七代目の弁慶、八代目の助六 四代目の平景清、五代目の平良門、六代目の鎌倉権五郎影政
Mueller et al., Competition and Collaboration (2007), #135
Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 x 73.9 cm (14 3/8 x 29 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Triptych: 11.26973 (right), 11.26974 (center), 11.26975 (left)
MFA impressions: 11.26973-5 (complete triptych), *11.39446 (left sheet only; deaccessioned in 2012)
Possibly designed in 1850 to celebrate the return of Ichikawa Ebizô V (formerly Danjûrô VII) to Edo after his banishment.
Ichiyôsai Toyokuni hitsu (on right sheet only)
Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, 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: August 3, 1911)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection