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Actor Ichimura Kakitsu (Uzaemon XIII) as Ishidome Busuke, from the series Great Swords of Kabuki Collected (Kabuki meitô soroi)

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MFA impressions: 11.29204, 11.42658


Ôju Kiô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (main image); Gengyo (background) 応需喜翁豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Dog 1 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Matsushima Masakichi 戌正改


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, 1862 (Bunkyû 2), 1st month


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

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