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Actors as Musicians, with Chûshingura Roles in Insets: Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII playing flute, with Ichikawa Kuzô II as Kô no Moronao (R); Ichimura Takenojô V chanting, with Arashi Kichisaburô III as Ono Sadakuro (CR); Ichikawa Kuzô II playing small hand dru

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Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画


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, 1851 (Kaei 4), 2nd month


Vertical ôban pentaptych; 36.2 x 122.9 cm (14 1/4 x 48 3/8 in.)

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