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Actors Ichikawa Sadanji I as Hanemasu Yûkichi (above), Bandô Hikosaburô V as Ôkubo Hikozaemon, and Nakamura Shikan IV as Abe Bungo no kami (below), from the series Actors and Comedy, Comparisons of Hits (Haiyû rakugo atari kurabe)

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Toyohara Kunichika hitsu 豊原国周筆


Blockcutter's mark: Watanabe Hori Ei


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, Meiji era, 1873 (Meiji 6)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-2475


Vertical ôban; 36 x 23.8 cm (14 3/16 x 9 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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