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Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V as Tôgane Moemon (R) and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Tsukuba Moemon (L), from the series Heroic Commoners in Kabuki (Rien kyokaku den)

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Nanajûkyûsai Toyokuni hitsu (on both sheets) 七十九歳豊国筆


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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 4th month


Vertical ôban diptych; 35.3 x 47.7 cm (13 7/8 x 18 3/4 in.)

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