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Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VII Brings His Newborn Son Ichikawa Shinnosuke II on His First Visit to Mount Narita (Narita-san Hôndô, Nanadaime Ichikawa Danjûrô segare Ichikawa Shinnosuke miyamairi no zu): Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VII, Ichikawa Komazô V (R), Ichi

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The background text notes that the child, the future Danjûrô VIII, was born on the 5th day of the 10th month of Bunsei 6 (1823) and was presented to the family's patron deity, the Fudô of Mount Narita.


「文政六年十月五日日出誕生 市川新之助 親かたのまなこ大きくしてこたひ玉のをのこ子をまうけぬるはにらんでおはす成田山不動尊の霊験なるべしこの子をとなとならましかはなる神の名をとゞろかさんと(以下裁断不明)」「みとり子は八代集やめてたさの宮参り日の三十一文[字 塵外楼清澄]」


Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 五渡亭国貞画


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, 1823 (Bunsei 6)


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 x 73.3 cm (14 1/8 x 28 7/8 in.)

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