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Actors Arashi Kangorô I as the Snakecharmer (Hebizukai) Jabiroku, Arashi Kichiroku I as the Palace Maid (Oku jochû) Hamahagi, and Arashi Gonbei I as the Notions Peddler (Komamonoya) Kahei, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and

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Album in two volumes: Vol. 1: 11.45392.1a-b - .47 Vol. 2: 11.45392.48 - .97


画中「初代嵐冠十郎門人 初名冠蔵 家号具足屋」(初代嵐冠五郎)、「三代目嵐吉三郎門人 俳名東鯉 家号岡島屋」(初代嵐吉六)、「初代冠十郎聟 当時人形町ニテ具足屋ト云」(初代嵐権平)


Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu, in toshidama cartouche 七十八歳豊国筆(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Boar 10 aratame No blockcutter's mark 亥十改


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 10th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Zôho Kokon haiyû nigao taizen (1998), p. 108, #99


Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 25.1 cm (14 1/4 x 9 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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