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Actors Bandô Mitsugorô IV, formerly Minosuke (R), and Nakamura Shikan II (L) as Footmen (Yakko)

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May have been photographed out of order. Play: Yayoi no Hana Asakusa Matsuri Theater: Nakamura


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画


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, 1832 (Tenpô 3), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 101-6656 (R), 101-6655 (L) (arranged in the opposite order); Kuniyoshi Project db; Edo-Tokyo Museum, Edo kabuki (1995), #3-82 (arranged in the opposite order)


Vertical ôban diptych; 36.3 x 50.6 cm (14 5/16 x 19 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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