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Actors Bandô Takesaburô I as Mizusao no Take (R) and Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Kandagawa no Yokichi (L)

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MFA impressions: 11.39059 (key block, right sheet only), 11.43905a-b (color, complete diptych)


Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on each sheet) 一陽斎豊国画


Censors' seals: Fukushima, Muramatsu


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, 1849 (Kaei 2), 6th month


Vertical ôban diptych; 36.5 x 49.6 cm (14 3/8 x 19 1/2 in.)

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