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Actors Ichikawa Ebizô V as Inuyama Dôsetsu Tadatomo (R) and Bandô Shûka I as Inuzaka Keno Tanetomo (L), from the series Eight Dog Heroes of Satomi (Satomi Hakkenshi no hitori)

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MFA impressions: 11.43779a-b, 11.45267a-b Four diptychs combine vertically to make an octaptych: 11.43770a-b (top), 11.43779a-b (top center), 11.43771a-b (bottom center), 11.43778a-b (bottom)


Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 応需豊国画(年玉枠)


Censors' seals: Murata, Mera, shita-uri


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1847–50 (Kôka 4–Kaei 3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Museum, Hakkenden no sekai (2008), #164


Vertical ôban diptych; 35 x 47.1 cm (13 3/4 x 18 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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