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Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô IV as Kagekiyo, Ichikawa Danjûrô V in Shibaraku, and Ichikawa Danjûrô VI as Tokimasa, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

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Album in two volumes: Vol. 1: 11.45392.1a-b - .47 Vol. 2: 11.45392.48 - .97


画中「幼名松本七蔵 後幸四郎五粒 栢莚の聟と成四代目団十郎三升 後海老蔵海丸ト云」(四代目市川団十郎)、「四代目実子 幼名松本幸蔵 後幸四郎又五代目団十郎となる 後改蝦蔵白猿狂名を花道のつらねト云」(五代目市川団十郎)、「白猿実子 幼名徳蔵 後に海老蔵 又六代目団十郎三升 人呼て小玉といふ」(六代目市川団十郎)


Kiô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 喜翁豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Dog intercalary 8 aratame No blockcutter's mark 戌閏八改


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, 1862 (Bunkyû 2), intercalary 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Zôho Kokon haiyû nigao taizen (1998), p. 30, #21


Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 25.1 cm (14 1/4 x 9 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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