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Actors Arashi Rikaku II as Asari no Yoichi (R) and Arashi Rikan III as Hangaku-jo (L), in Buyû Wada Kassen

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MFA impressions: 11.35635 (left sheet only), 11.35636a-b (complete diptych) Play: Wada Kassen Onna Maizuru Theater: Chikugo The Ikeda bunko impression has the Meirakudô publisher's mark on the right sheet. The MFA impressions have no publisher's mark.


Hirosada (on each sheet) 広貞


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, 1850 (Kaei 3), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 105; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #273


Vertical chûban diptych; 24.7 x 36.5 cm (9 3/4 x 14 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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