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Actors Onoe Matsusuke I as Shiratsuka Juemon (R) and Segawa Kikunojô III as Iwakoshi (?) (L)

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Diptych: 11.18815 (left), 54.1513 (right) Play: Ôkazari Kotobuki Soga Theater: Kiri


(seal only)


Artist's seal: Rin (in jar shape)


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, 1786 (Tenmei 6), 1st month


Hosoban diptych; 32.9 x 14.5 cm (12 15/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.18815, 54.1513

Medium or Technique

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