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Actors Iwai Shijaku I as Shigenoi (R), Ôtani Mansaku as Honda Yasadayû, and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Jinenjo no Sankichi (L), in a Great Hit Memorial Performance In Honor of the Late Iwai Hanshirô VI (Rokudaime Iwai Hanshirô tsuizen kyôgen ôatari ôatari)

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Play: Koi Nyôbô Somewake Tazuna Theater: Kawarazaki


Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 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: 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, 1842 (Tenpô 13), 4th month


Vertical ôban diptych: 35 x 47 cm (13 3/4 x 18 1/2 in.)

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