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Actors ?, Ichimura Kakitsu IV, Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Nakamura Kamenojô I, Seki Sanjûrô III, Ichikawa Ichizô III (R); Bandô Hikosaburô V, ?,Jitsukawa Enjaku I, Nakamura Fukusuke II, Sawamura Tosshô I, Nakayama Genjûrô? (C); Nakamura Tsurusuke IV ?, Ichikawa

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Contest of Art, a Dressing-room Critique (Gei kurabe gakuya no hyôban):


Kunichika ga (on each sheet) 国周画


Censor's seal: Boar 11 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Man 亥十一改 彫万


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, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 11th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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