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Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Wife (Nyôbô) Oishi, Onoe Waichi I as Wakato Sagohei, and Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Ôboshi Yuranosuke, in Act IV of the Play Irohagana Kogane no Oshimono, 9th Month of 1857 (Ansei 4), from the series Titles of Performances (Odo

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Play: Irohagana Kogane no Oshimono Theater: Nakamura


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


Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 9 No blockcutter's mark


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, 1857 (Ansei 4), 9th month


Vertical ôban; 36.6 x 25 cm (14 7/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

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