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Actors Onoe Tamizo II as both Tenjiku Tokubei (TR) and the Carpenter (Daiku) Rokuza (BR), Arashi Kichisaburô III as the Footman (Yakko) Okahei (CR), Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Arakawa... (TL), and Onoe Eizaburô III as the Geisha Kashiku (BL)

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Play: Tenjiku Tokubei Banri no Irifune Theater: Nakamura


Unsigned (signature probably cut off of this impression at left)


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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, 1841 (Tenpô 12), 7th month


Vertical ôban; 35 x 23.4 cm (13 3/4 x 9 3/16 in.)

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