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Actors Matsumoto Kôshirô IV as Soga no Jûrô (R) and as Ichikawa Yaozô as Soga no Gorô (L)

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Diptych: 11.18890 (right), 11.18891 (left); virtual record: 11.18890-1 Play: Wada Sakamori Eiga Kagami Theater: Nakamura


Shunshô ga (on each sheet) 春章画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) 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, 1773 (An'ei 2), 1st month


Hosoban diptych; 32 x 29.1 cm (12 5/8 x 11 7/16 in.)

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