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Actors Ichikawa Ebizô V, Ichikawa Saruzô I (R), and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (L)

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MFA impressions: 11.21446a-b, 11.43909a-b, 11.45368a-b Shows the 1849 visit of Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII to Kamigata where he met with his exiled father, Ichikawa Ebizô V (formerly Danjûrô VII).


「親猿にあふ坂山や子のめ時 六造庵(亀成)」 「手を突て何と音もなき蛙かな 夜雨庵」


Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet); Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on left sheet) 一陽斎豊国画 香蝶楼豊国画


Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Yoshimura Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take (right sheet only) 改印: 吉村、衣笠 彫師: 彫竹 (R)


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), about 9th month


Vertical ôban diptych; 35.3 x 49.4 cm (13 7/8 x 19 7/16 in.)

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