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Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Kumasaka Chôhan (R) and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Ushiwakamaru (L)

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MFA impressions: 11.43782a-b, 17.3216.21-2 Play: Tsuki no Ume Megumi no Kagekiyo Theater: Nakamura


Hamoto no konomi ni makasete Toyokuni ga (on each sheet) 板元の好まかせて豊国画


Censors' seals: Yoshimura, Muramatsu 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: 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, 1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1), 1st month


Vertical ôban diptych; 35.3 x 48.5 cm (13 7/8 x 19 1/8 in.)

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