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Actors Segawa Kikunojô III as Yasukata (R) and Iwai Hanshirô IV as Utô (L)

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Diptych: 11.18819 (right), 11.18924 (left) MFA impressions: 11.18819VR (11.18819, 11.18924), 11.18925 (right sheet only) Play: Mutsumashi-tsuki Koi no Tetori (Opportunism in Love in the First Month of the Year) Theater: Nakamura


Shunshô ga (on each sheet) 春章画


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, Edo period, 1782 (Tenmei 2), 11th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), cat. no. 497


Hosoban diptych; 30.5 x 27 cm (12 x 10 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.18819, 11.18924

Medium or Technique

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