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Actors Sawamura Tosshô II as Gennosuke (R) and Sawamura Tanosuke III as Orie (L)

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Diptych: 11.16149 (right), 11.16356 (left)


Ôju Kunichika hitsu (on right sheet only) 応需国周筆


Blockcutter's mark: Hori ...


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Meiji era, 1870 (Meiji 3), 5th month


Vertical ôban diptych; 36.4 x 49.6 cm (14 5/16 x 19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.16149, 11.16356

Medium or Technique

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