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Actor Onoe Kikugorô III as the Ghost of Oiwa (second state)

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Play: Irohagana Yotsuya Kaidan Theater: Kado According to Keyes, the print is known in at least three states. In the first and second states, the inscription is printed in silver; in the third state, it is black. The first state has a black background. MFA impressions: 11.35347 (second state),...

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Shunkôsai Hokushû ga 春好斎北洲画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 29, 2004) 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, 1826 (Bunsei 9), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan..." (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 95; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #165 (second state); Keyes 1973, #216 and pl. 34 (first state); Addiss, Japanese Ghosts and Demons (1985, 2005), p. 30


Vertical ôban; 37.4 x 25.5 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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