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Actor Bandô Mitsugorô I as An no Heibei

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One sheets of incomplete pentaptych. MFA impressions: 11.18827 (one sheet, same as 21.4191), 21.4191-2 (two sheets) Main play: Hatsumonbi Kuruwa Soga Additional play, added in the 2nd month: Gonin Otoko Theater: Nakamura


Shunshô ga 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1780 (An'ei 9), 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Clark et al, The Actor's Image (1994), #435 (three sheets of the pentaptych)


Hosoban; 29.6 x 13 cm (11 5/8 x 5 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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