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Actors Fujikawa Tomokichi II as Taruya Osen (R) and Arashi Kitsusaburo II as Satomi Isuke (L), in a Hit Performance at a Shijô Theater in Kyoto

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Diptych: 11.26643 (left), 11.26644 (right) Play: Meisaku Kiriko no Akebono Theater: Kita, Kyoto


Gigadô Ashiyuki ga (on each sheet) 戯画堂芦ゆき画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: 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, 1826 (Bunsei 9), 7th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 016-0548 (R), 016-0549 (L); Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 95


Vertical ôban diptych; 38.2 x 51.7 cm (15 1/16 x 20 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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