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Actors Bandô Shûka I as Fuji no kata (R) and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Jirô no kimi (L)

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Diptych: 11.16406 (right), 11.22278 (left) Play: Genji Moyô Furisode Hinagata Theater: Ichimura


Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Kunisada aratame Toyokuni ga (on left sheet) 香蝶楼豊国筆 国貞舎豊国画


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Fukushima No blockcutter's mark


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, 1851 (Kaei 4), 9th month


Vertical ôban diptych; 35.5 x 50 cm (14 x 19 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.16406, 11.22278

Medium or Technique

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