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Actors Ichikawa Ebizô as Shimakawa Tahei and Ogawa Kichitarô as Isogai Heisuke (R), Nakamura Utaemon as Funagoshi Kyûhachi and Nakamura Bunshichi as Isogai Heisuke (L)

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Diptych: 11.35037 (right, by Ashihiro), 11.35040 (left, by Ashihisa)


Ashihiro ga


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1817 (Bunka 14), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 88


Vertical ôban diptych; 38 x 51.2 cm (14 15/16 x 20 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.35037, 11.35040

Medium or Technique

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