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Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Yakigane Okuma, from the pentaptych The Incomparable Snow-White Skin of the Valiant Women of Edo (Tôto Fuji yuki no hada-ai)

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Center left sheet of incomplete pentaptych. MFA impressions: 11.41600 (one sheet, same as 11.41737c), 11.41737a-c (three sheets)


Kunichika ga 国周画


Censor's seal: Rat 12 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ei 改印: 子十二改 彫師: 彫栄


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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 12th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû II (2010), #91 (complete pentaptych)


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Medium or Technique

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