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Actors Iwai Hanshirô VII as Shigenoi, Segawa Kikusaburô I as Ôiso no Tora, and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Agemaki, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

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Album in two volumes: Vol. 1: 11.45392.1a-b - .47 Vol. 2: 11.45392.48 - .97


画中「五代目の男 六代目の弟 幼名松之助又紫若 後ニ七代女半四郎 仙女楼」(七代目岩井半四郎)、「三代目菊之丞養子 初メ菊三郎 又路三郎 後改テ滝中歌川 多門の父ナリ」(初代瀬川菊三郎)、「七代目の男 幼名久次郎 改粂三郎 母ハ猿屋路考の女 依て岩井瀬川の血脈也」(三代目岩井粂三郎)


Kiô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 喜翁豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Boar 6 aratame No blockcutter's mark 亥六改


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 6th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Zôho Kokon haiyû nigao taizen (1998), p. 50, #41


Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 25.1 cm (14 1/4 x 9 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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