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Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as the Otokodate Yami no Yoichizô, from the series The Sexiest Actors in Edo, Their Portraits and Their Voices (Edo no hana iro no tatehiki, ichifuri nitari, kowairo hitokuchi nasubi)

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Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu, in toshidama cartouche 七十八歳豊国筆(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Boar 2 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Mino 改印: 亥二改 彫師: 彫工巳の


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, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 2nd month


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