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Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XIII (R) and Nakamura Shikan IV (L) as Street Musicians

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MFA impressions: 11.22593-4, 11.3795a-b Play: Tamuke no Shikishi Kakitsu no Futsutsuka Theater: Ichimura


Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga (on each sheet) 一魁斎芳年画


Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Kane (on right sheet only) 戌八改


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, 1862 (Bunkyû 2), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 101-6868 (R), 101-6869 (L)


Vertical ôban diptych

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Medium or Technique

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