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Actors Nakamura Utaemon III (Shikan) as the Ishikawa Goemon of the West and Bandô Mitsugorô III as the Ishikawa Goemon of the East

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Two superstars from rival cities competed directly with each other in 1822 by playing the same role in the same city at the same time: Shikan of Osaka (in western Japan) at the Naka Theater and Mitsugorô of Edo (in eastern Japan) at the Kado theater. In this humorous print, one Ishikawa Goemon...

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Hikokuni ga 彦国画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 29, 2004) 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, 1822 (Bunsei 5), 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 91


Horizontal ôban; 26.4 x 38.3 cm (10 3/8 x 15 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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