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Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô IX as Watônai (at right) and as Jiraiya (at left), from the series Danjûrô IX in the Eighteen Great Hits of Kabuki, Old and New (Shinko kabuki jûhachiban, Kyûsei Danjûrô)

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Right sheet of a triptych, from a series of three triptychs with a total of 18 images. 1

Signed

Toyohara Kunichika hitsu 豊原国周筆

Marks

No censor's seal Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Gin

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, Meiji era, about 1887 (Meiji 20)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 24.2 cm (13 15/16 x 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.44401

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints