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Actors Ichikawa Monnosuke II as a Sumô Wrestler (R), Ôtani Hiroji III as a Wrestler (CR), Segawa Kikunojô III as a Referee (C), Matsumoto Kôshirô IV as a Wrestler (CL), and Bandô Mitsugorô I as a Wrestler (L)

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Pentaptych: 11.18939 (C), 11.18940 (CR), 11.18977 (L), 11.18978 (R), 11.18979 (CL) MFA impressions: 54.472 (one sheet, = 11.?), 11.18939VR (set of five sheets)

Signed

Shunshô ga (on each sheet) 春章画

Provenance

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, 1786-89 (Tenmei 6–Kansei 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), pl. 5 (three sheets only)

Dimensions

Hosoban pentaptych; 31.5 x 69 cm (12 3/8 x 27 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.18939-18940, 11.18977-18979

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints