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Actors Nakamura Shikan IV (R) and Ichikawa Ichizô III (L) as Shino and Genpachi in the Hôryûkaku Scene (Hôryûkaku no ba Shino Genpachi)

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Kunihisa ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 国久画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Monkey 12 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Senchô 申十二改 彫工深長


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 12th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 012-0215 (R), 012-0216 (L)


Vertical ôban diptych

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Medium or Technique

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