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Actors Bandô Kamezô as Watônai's Mother and Arashi Kichisaburô III as Goshôgun Kanki (R), and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Kin Shôjo (L)

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Play: Kokusenya Kassen (The Battles of Coxinga) Theater: Naka


Tôto Yoshifuji ga (on right sheet), Tôto Ippôsai Yoshifuji ga (on left sheet) 東都芳藤画 東都一鵬斎芳藤画


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, 1859 (Ansei 6), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 111


Vertical chûban diptych; 24.3 x 36.7 cm (9 9/16 x 14 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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