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Actor Bandô Mitsugorô VI as Kijin Omatsu, from the series Actors as Underworld Characters in Hit Plays (Isa shiranami atari ... )

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The censor's seal is mirror-image reversed.

Signed

Kunichika ga 国周画

Marks

Censor's seal: Rat 5 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô 子五改

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 5th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-2198; Newland, Time Present and Time Past (1999), #40

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.42948

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints