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Actor Onoe Kikugorô III as the Blind Musician (Zatô) Tokuichi, actually Tenjiku Tokubei

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MFA impressions: 11.37809.16, 11.38325 Play: Kasane Ôgi Theater: Nakamura A performance in memory of the late Onoe Shôroku I (1744-1815). From an album: 11.37809.1a-c-.31a-c


「かねて手くだとわしやしりながらくどき上手についほれやすくだまされて候 むろのうめ 右木琴唄松緑述」


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1816 (Bunka 13), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #83


Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 25.8 cm (14 13/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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