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Actor Arashi Ryûzô II as the Moneylender Ishibe Kinkichi

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MFA impressions: 11.14671, 21.7230 Play: Hana Ayame Bunroku Soga Theater: Miyako


Tôshûsai Sharaku ga 東洲斎写楽画


(Censor's seal: kiwame, rubbed off of this impression) (改印: 極)


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, 1794 (Kansei 6), 5th month

Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #84; Dai Sharaku ten (1995), #008; Ukiyo-e shûka 11 (1979), list #010


Vertical ôban; 38.1 x 25.7 cm (15 x 10 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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