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Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Akamaya Genzaemon, actually Kannon Kyûji, and Sawamura Tosshô II as Motome (inset) (R); Sawamura Tanosuke III as Omiwa (inset), and Ichikawa Kuzô III as Chiyo Yasubei, now Kômori Yasu (L)

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Diptych: 11.17380 (right), 11.17381 (left)


Baichôrô Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 梅蝶楼国貞画(年玉枠)


Censor Blockcutter's mark: Hori Mino (on left sheet only) 改印: 彫師: 彫巳の


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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 4th month


Vertical ôban diptych

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Medium or Technique

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