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Actors Ichikawa Komazô III as Ono Sadakurô (R) and Ichikawa Danjûrô V as Yoichibei (L)

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Diptych: 11.18260 (left), 11.18261 (right) MFA impressions: 11.18260-1 (complete diptych), 21.5974 (left sheet), 11.18248 (right sheet) Play: Chûkô Ryôgoku Ori Theater: Nakamura


Shun'ei ga (on each sheet) 春英画


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, 1790 (Kansei 2), 7th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Clark et al, The Actor's Image (1994), #644 (right sheet only); TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 1 (1960), #1160 (left sheet only)


Hosoban diptych; 29.3 x 28.5 cm (11 9/16 x 11 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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