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Actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Torii Matasuke

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Play: Kagamiyama Gonichi no Iwafuji Theater: Ichimura


Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga 一魁斎芳年画


Censor's seal: Monkey 3 aratame No blockcutter's mark


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, 1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Newland, Yoshitoshi (2011), #9; Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû II (2010), #83; Museum of Kyoto, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi ten (2001), #45; Tôbu bijutsukan, Edo no hana kabuki-e ten (1999), #113


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Medium or Technique

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