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Actors Nakamura Shikan (Utaemon III) in a Farewell Performance (Onagori kyôgen), in a Quick-change Act (Kono tokoro hayagawari) as Yokoyama Tarô (R); Nakamura Daikichi as Tarô's Wife (Nyôbô) Senkô (C), and Nakamura Shikan in the Second Role (Niyaku) of th

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Play: Oguri Hangan Kuruma Kaidô Theater: Nakamura Nakamura Utaemon III used his poetry name, Shikan, as a temporary stage name when he performed in Edo in 1818-19. This was his farewell performance in Edo, before returning to Osaka.


Toyokuni ga (on each sheet) 豊国画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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, 1819 (Bunsei 2), 8th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.8 x 76.5 cm (14 7/8 x 30 1/8 in.)

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