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Actors Nakamura Jakuemon I as Kataoka Kôzaemon and Nakamura Shibazô II as Obiya Chôemon (R), and Ogino Senjo I as Rokuhara Oroku (L), in the play Edojiire Obiya no Chûmon

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Play: Edojiire Obiya no Chûmon Theater: Horie


Yoshitaki ga (on each sheet)


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, 1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 5th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 119; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 5 (2005), #237


Vertical chûban diptych

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Medium or Technique

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