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Actors in Chinese Costumes Representing Painting (Ga) and Calligraphy (Sho), Two of the Four Accomplishments: Ichikawa Akanbei (?), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII, and Ichikawa Komazô VII (R); unidentified actor, Ichikawa Kichizô (?), Ichikawa Ebizô V, and Ichikaw

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... Toyokuni ga (R), Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (L) (裁断不明)豊国画(年玉印) 一陽斎豊国画(年玉印)


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Fukushima 改印: 村松、福


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, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)


Vertical ôban diptych; 35.2 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