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Actors Onoe Kikugorô III as Hanbei (R) and Iwai Kumesaburô II as Koina (L)

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Diptych: 11.26818 (right), 11.26819 (left) Poem on left sheet translated in Polster & Marks 1980, p. 288.


「柳花園☆垣 あきらめて見てもあたなる色と香に通さくらの花川戸町」 「柳桜亭花也 昨日にはかわる飛鳥の河風にもつれてとけぬ青柳の髪」


Kôchôrô Kunisada ga 香蝶楼国貞画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: 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, early 1830s

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), p. 66, fig. 4; Rijksmuseum cat. IV, Hiroshige and the Utagawa School (1984), #150 (R only); Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 295 (L only)


Shikishiban diptych; 21.1 x 18.2 cm (8 5/16 x 7 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper