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Act IX (Kudanme) and Act X (Jûdanme), from the series The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers (Chûshingura)

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MFA impressions: 11.14929 (uncut sheet), 11.19336 (left half), 11.19341 (right half)


Shun'ei ga (on each design) 春英画


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, early 1790s

Catalogue Raisonné

Clark et al, The Actor's Image (1994), #658


Two vertical chûban designs on uncut horizontal ôban sheet

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Medium or Technique

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