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Actors Sawamura Tanosuke III as ... actually the Female Jiraiya (Onna Jiraiya) (R) and Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Orochimaru (Disguised as the) Boatman (Sendô) Tatsu (L)

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MFA impressions: 11.39886 (left sheet only), 11.41621a-b (complete diptych) Play: Keisei Soga Kuruwa Kagami Theater: Ichimura


Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet) 国周筆


No blockcutter's mark


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, 1867 (Keiô 3), 3rd month


Vertical ôban diptych

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Medium or Technique

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