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Actors Bandô Hikosaburô IV in a Quick-change Double Role (Niyaku hayagawari) as Kobotoke Koheiji and His Wife (Nyôbô) Otsuru (R) and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Danjûrô Kichinosuke (L)

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Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 五渡亭国貞画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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, 1840 (Tenpô 11), 6th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-8759 (R), 100-8760 (L)


Vertical ôban diptych; 37.3 x 50.8 cm (14 11/16 x 20 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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