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Actors Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Subashiri Okuma (R), Onoe Kikujirô II as Kumokiri Oroku, Sawamura Tosshô II as Kinezumi Okichi (C), and Bandô Mitsugorô VI as Osaraba Oden (L)

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Two (or three?) blockcutters. Play: Musume Hyôban Zen'aku Kagami Theater: Ichimura


Kunichika ga (on each sheet) 国周画


Censor's seal: Ox 8 aratame Blockcutters' marks: Horikô ... (right sheet), Katada Hori Chô (center sheet), Matsushima Hori Masa (left sheet)


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 8th month


Vertical ôban triptych

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