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Actors Iwai Kumesaburô II (R) and Onoe Kikugorô III (L) as Manzai Dancers

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Diptych: 11.25968 (right), 11.30445 (left)


「柳桜亭花也 氷たる岩井の水もとし若のよろつ代に音を上る鴬」 「柳風亭花垣 来る春を祝ふ鼓の音羽やにほうと声をもかけし鴬」


Gototei Kunisada ga 五渡亭国貞画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) 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,

Catalogue Raisonné

TNM Ukiyo-e cat. III (1963), #2694 (left sheet only)


Shikishiban diptych; 21 x 18.5 cm (8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.25968, 11.30445

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper