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Actor Sawamura Tosshô II as Mondo in Kasane Tsuyu Neya no Sayokinu, from an untitled series of actor portraits on the backs of shamisens

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MFA impressions: 11.40572, 11.40577 Forms a pair with 11.39873, 11.40575.


Kunichika hitsu 国周筆


Censor's seal: Dragon 1 aratame No blockcutter's mark 辰正改


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–Meiji era, 1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 403-0283


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Medium or Technique

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