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Actor Sawamura Tanosuke III as Imaushiwaka no Denji, from the pentaptych Powerful Actors in a Snowstorm of Blossoms (Hanafubuki narade no otokogi)

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Center right sheet of pentaptych. Pentaptych: 11.40604-8 (no VR)


Kunichika ga 国周画


Censor's seal: Rat 11 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô


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), 11th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû II (2010), #91 (pentaptych mentioned, but no photo)


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Medium or Technique

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