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Actor Kawarazaki Sanshô (Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I) as Satô Masakiyo, from an untitled series of actor portraits

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MFA impressions: 11.16145, 11.16159


Kunichika hitsu 国周筆


Censor's seal: Snake 4 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Ôta Hori Masu Artist's seal: toshidama


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, Meiji era, 1869 (Meiji 2), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Nihon hanga bijutsu zenshû 7 (1962), #7


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Medium or Technique

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