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Actors Nakamura Nakazô I as Matsukaze, Ichikawa Komazô II as Yukihira (R), and Iwai Hanshirô IV as Murasame (L), from an unidentified book of theatrical scenes

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Diptych: 11.19782 (left), 11.19783 (right) Play: Kuni no Hana Ono no Itsumoji Theater: Nakamura A similar book dated 1771-1772: 2006.1790 (3 vol. in 1), 2006.1791 (first vol. only)


(this page unsigned)


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) 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, 1771 (Meiwa 8), 11th month

Catalogue Raisonné

A similar book: Hillier, Art of the Japanese Book (1987), vol. 1, pp. 337-9


Two chûbon pages; 21.1 x 13.9 cm (8 5/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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