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Actor Bandô Hikosaburô V as Kumokiri Nizaemon, from the series Actors in Hit Plays as Heroes of the Underworld (Iza shiranami atari gôketsu)

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Censor's seal is mirror-image reversed.


Kunichika ga 国周画


Censor's seal: aratame Rat 5 (mirror-image reversed)


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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 5th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Other prints from the series: Newland, Time Present and Time Past (1999), #s 39-40


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Medium or Technique

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