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Actors Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Outcaste (Hinin) Oroku, Real Name (Jitsumyô) Onoe no Kata (R), and Nakamura Shikan IV as Shiragi Saburô Mitsuyoshi (L)

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Play: Futatsu Chôchô Iro no Dekiaki Theater: Mporita


Kunichika ga (on each sheet) 国周画


Censor's seal: Rat 10 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Matsushima Hori Masa (on each sheet) 改印: 子十改 彫師: 松島彫政


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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 10th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 101-5686 (R only)


Vertical ôban diptych

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Medium or Technique

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