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Actors Onoe Kikugorô III (inset) and Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Mizuki Tatsuyo, Actually the Monster of the Cat Stone (Jitsu wa Nekoishi no Kai), from an untitled series of actor portraits

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Play: Tôkaidô Iroha Nikki Theater: Ichimura


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (main image); Gengyo (background) 豊国画(年玉枠)、玄魚


(Censor's seal: Chicken 7 aratame, in left margin, cut off of this impression) (Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Koizumi Kane, in right margin, cut off of this impression)


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 7th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #185


Vertical ôban; 35.6 x 24.2 cm (14 x 9 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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