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Actors Ichikawa Ebizô V as an Evil Nobleman (Kugeaku) and an Unidentified Actor in Shibaraku, from the series Square Pictures in Old and New Styles (Kodai imayô shikishi awase)

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MFA impressions: 11.25909, 11.45127


Kuge aku, Ichiyôsai Toyhokuni ga; Shibaraku, Torii Kiyomitsu ga 公家悪 一陽斎豊国画、志ばらく 鳥居清満画


Censors' seals: Murata, Kinugasa, Rat 12


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, 1852 (Kaei 5), 12th month


Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 25.5 cm (14 3/8 x 10 1/16 in.)

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