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Actors Onoe Tamizô II as Ishikawa Goemon (above) and Arashi Rikaku II as Mashiba Hisayoshi (below)

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MFA impressions: 11.36059a-b, 11.41992a-b Play: Keisei Ishikawazome (Ishikawa Dyed Fabric, a Courtesan Play) Theater: Kado


Yoshitaki ga (on upper sheet); Yoshitaki (on lower sheet) 芳瀧画 芳瀧


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, 1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 112; Kitagawa et al 2006, #64; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 5 (2005), #40; Riccar Museum, Kamigata Ukiyo-e 200-nen ten (1975), #206


Vertical chûban, upright diptych

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Medium or Technique

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