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Actors Bandô Hikosaburô I as Soga no Jûrô and Bandô Hikosaburo II as Ono no Yorikaze, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

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


画中「大坂出生 幼名菊松 元文中彦三郎ト改俳名薪水」(初代坂東彦三郎)、「初代実子 幼名菊松 後二代目彦三郎俳名薪水 早世」(二代目坂東彦三郎)


Nanajûhassai Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 七十八歳豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Boar 6 aratame No blockcutter's mark 亥六改


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), 6th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Zôho Kokon haiyû nigao taizen (1998), p. 68, #59


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