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Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Fuwa no Banzaemon (R) and Bandô Mitsugorô IV as Nagoya Sanzaemon (L)

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Play: Mukashi-gatari Inazuma-zôshi Theater: Ichimura Unidentified publisher's mark.


Hanmoto no ôju Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Ôju Toyokuni ga (on left sheet) 梓元の應需豊国画 應需豊国画


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura No blockcutter's mark 吉村、村松 かうじ丁 酒井板 [元№]891で良いヵ、要確認。


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, 1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1), 3rd month


Vertical ôban diptych; 36.6 x 49.4 cm (14 7/16 x 19 7/16 in.)

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