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Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Gorô Sharpening the Arrow (Yanone Gorô)

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Poems translated in Bowie et al 1979, p. 18.


Poem by Aisuro Kakemasu: Uguisu no/ niwa ni mo koe o/ ageshôji/ kakaru tokoro e/ haru no Tokimune Poem by Jingairô Yukizumi: Ao mono no/ ao uma nare ya/ isamashiku/ ône no muchi ni/ kaburaya no ne wa


Godaime Kiyomitsu hitsu


Artist's seal: Kiyomitsu


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,

Catalogue Raisonné

Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 289; Bowie et al, Art of the Surimono (1979), #6


Shikishiban; 21.5 x 18.8 cm (8 7/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper