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Actor Iwai Shijaku I (Iwai Hanshirô VII) as Shakuhachi's Wife Hitoyo, from the series The Book of the Eight Dog Heroes (Hakkenden inu no sôshi no uchi)

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No. 16 of the Right group on the title page (11.39112). MFA impressions: 11.39153, 11.44511


Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche 国貞画(年玉枠)


Censors' seals: Magome, Hama, Rat 9 Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take


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, 1852 (Kaei 5), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Museum, Hakkenden no sekai (2008), #61; Zusetsu Nihon no koten 19, Kyokutei Bakin (1980), fig. 74


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Medium or Technique

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