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Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Hiranoya Tokubei and Onoe Kikujirô II as Tenmaya Ohatsu, in the Play Shimo no Tsurugi Sonezaki Shinjû

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Play: Shimo no Turugi Sonezaki Shinjû Theater: Kawarazaki, second part First part: Muro no Ume Mibae Genji


Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga 一陽斎豊国画


Censors' seals: Mera, Murata Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take 改印: 村田、米良 彫師: 彫竹


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), 11th month


Horizontal ôban; 25.4 x 37 cm (10 x 14 9/16 in.)

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