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Actors Kataoka Gadô II as Aunt (Oba) Omie (R) and Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as Fukuoka Mitsugi (L), from the middle act of Iseondo

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Play: Iseondo Koi no Netaba Theater: Naka MFA impressions: 11.35619a-b (with Kinkodô publisher's mark on both sheets, as in Ikeda bunko impression), 11.35620a-b (with Kinkodô mark on right sheet and Tsutakan mark on left sheet), 11.35791a-b (with no publishers' marks)


Hirosada (on each sheet) 広貞


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, 1852 (Kaei 5), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 108; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #458


Vertical chûban diptych; 25.4 x 36.5 cm (10 x 14 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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