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Actor Matsumoto Kôshirô V as Kaminari Shôkurô

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Four sheets of an incomplete pentaptych: 11.21526, 11.21527, 11.21528, 11.21529 (no VR because order is uncertain). The other sheet: Waseda db 001-0611 (Bandô Mitsugorô III as An no Heibei). Play: Shiire-zome Karigane Gomon Theater: Nakamura, Second Feature Main feature: Imoseyama Onna Teikin


Toyokuni ga 豊国画


Censor's seal: kiwame 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1818 (Bunka 15/Bunsei 1), 5th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 001-0801; Motegi et al, Musical Instruments (Ôta Memorial Museum, 2005), #56


Vertical ôban; 38.2 x 26.4 cm (15 1/16 x 10 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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