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Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as the Spirit of a Male Butterfly (Ochô no sei) (R) and Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Spirit of a Female Butterfly (Mechô no sei) (L)

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Diptych: 11.29879 (left), 11.29880 (right) Play: Katakiuchi Amanohashidate Dance number: Kikkôden Goshiki no Kumiito Theater: Morita


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


Censor's seal: Monkey 7 aratame No blockcutter's mark


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, 1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 7th month


Vertical ôban diptych; 35.5 x 49.1 cm (14 x 19 5/16 in.)

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