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Actor Ôtani Tomoemon IV as Akashigata Umaemon, from an untitled series of actors in mirrors

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MFA impressions: 11.39527, 11.45290 No record of this role has been found, but Ôtani Tomoemon IV arrived in Edo in the 11th month of Tenpô 2 (1831).


「うか/\と夜をあかしやの月の友 芝友」


Kôchôrô Kunisada ga 香蝶楼国貞画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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, after 1831 (Tenpô 2), 11th month


Vertical ôban; 35.2 x 23.3 cm (13 7/8 x 9 3/16 in.)

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