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Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Kanpei

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Right sheet of incomplete diptych. MFA impressions: 11.43769a-b (complete diptych), 11.45373 (right sheet only, with different face) Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura Theater: Ichimura


Hanmoto no ôju Toyokuni ga 梓元乃応需豊国画


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura 村松、吉村


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, 1851 (Kaei 4), 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-0513


Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.1 cm (14 x 9 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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