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Actors Onoe Tamizô II as Ishikawa Goemon (R) and Arashi Tokusaburô IV as Horio Tatewaki (L)

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Diptych: 11.35094 (right), 11.35095 (left) Play: Keisei Ishikawazome (Ishikawa Dyed Fabrics, a Courtesan Play) Theater: Kado


Hironobu ga (on each sheet)


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, 1866 (Keiô 2), 1st month

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Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 119; another design of same actors in same roles: Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 3 (2001), #437


Vertical chûban diptych; 25 x 36.5 cm (9 13/16 x 14 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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