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Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I as Musashi Gorô, actually Yoshikado (R), and Sawamura Tanosuke III as Yosooi-hime (L)

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The design of the seal appears to read "Goat 8," but it is not the usual design for that month. Play: Hanano no Tsuki Utou Hitofushi (or: Hanabusa no Kô Utou Hitofushi) Theater: Nakamura


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


Censor's seal: Goat 8 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shô 未八改 彫庄


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, 1859 (Ansei 6), 8th month


Vertical ôban diptych; 26.3 x 49.5 cm (10 3/8 x 19 1/2 in.)

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