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Actor Bandô Mitsugorô VI in Five Female Roles, a Memorial Performance on the Thirty-third Anniversary of the Death of Bandô Mitsugorô III (Sandaime Bandô Mitsugorô sanjûsankaiki tsuizen kyôgen gonin onna aikin môshi sôrô, Godaime Bandô Mitsugorô)

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MFA impressions: 11.40232, 11.45477 The actor known today as Mitsugorô VI was actually Mitsugorô V during his lifetime. It was later decided to award the name Mitsugorô V posthumously to his father Bandô Shûka I, and make the son Mitsugorô VI in the official lineage.


Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu 七十八歳豊国筆


Censor's seal: Boar 6 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô


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, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 6th month


Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24.1 cm (14 1/8 x 9 1/2 in.)

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