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Actors Arashi Rikan as Aburaya Yohei (R) and Nakamura Tomijûrô as Fujiya Azuma, with Nakamura Utahayo and Fujikawa Katsusaburô as Attendants (L)

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Diptych: 11.26633 (left), 11.26634 (right) Play: Abura-uri Kuruwa-banashi


Sekkarô Hokuei ga (on each sheet) 雪花楼北英画


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1836 (Tenpô 7), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 102


Vertical ôban diptych; 37.1 x 50.8 cm (14 5/8 x 20 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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