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Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V as Akogi Gennojô and Onoe Kikugorô IV as the Female Street Musician (Onnadayû) Ohaya

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Play: Yume Musubu Chô ni Torioi Theater: Ichimura


Baichôrô Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouches 梅蝶楼国貞画(年玉枠)


Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 3 Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Sen 改印: 改、辰三


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, 1856 (Ansei 3), 3rd month


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