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Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Soga Gorô Tokimune, from the series Mirror of Valor, Ancient and Modern (Konjaku chûkô kagami)

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Play: Kumite Mimasu Soga no Hatsuyume Theater: Nakamura


Ôju Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga 応需 一陽斎豊国画(年玉印)


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura


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, 1847 (Kôka 4), 1st month


Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 24.8 cm (14 1/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

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