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Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V as Ashikaga Mitsuuji (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Saba Gorô Teruhide (L), and the late Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (in inset)

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Diptych: 11.21317 (left), 11.21318 (right)


Ôju Toyokuni hitsu (on right sheet), Ôju Toyokuni ga (on left sheet) 応需豊国筆 応需豊国画


Censor's seal: Rat 10 aratame Blockcutter's marks: Katada Hori Chô (on right sheet), Hori Chô (on left sheet) 改印: 子十改 彫師: 片田彫長、彫長


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 10th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage (2004), #3.4


Vertical ôban diptych; 37.4 x 50.7 cm (14 3/4 x 19 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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