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Actor Nakayama Bungorô II as Hikiroku's Wife Kamezasa, from the series The Book of the Eight Dog Heroes (Hakkenden inu no sôshi no uchi)

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No. 7 of the Right group on the title page (11.39112). MFA impressions: 11.39144, 11.44516


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


Censors' seals: Murata, Kinugasa, Rat 12 Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shôji


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), 12th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Museum, Hakkenden no sekai (2008), #43; Nihon no koten 16, Nansô Satomi Hakkenden (1976), p. 15


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Medium or Technique

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