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Actor Segawa Kikunojô V as Ayame no Mae

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Diptych (two right sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.19910 (right sheet), 11.20653 (left sheet); virtual record: 11.19910VR Poems on L translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 308.


Poem by Hôsuisha Kachô: Senkin no/ hana no sugata ni/ tatsu haru no/ kasumi ya Segawa/ bôshi naruran Poem by Enyûtei Rinba: Oto ni kiku/ Takashi no hama no/ ada-na-mi wa/ kesa tatsu haru no/ sugata narikeri 「宝睡舎花蝶 千金の花の姿にたつ春の霞や瀬川帽子成らん」 「音にきく高しの浜のあたな身はけさ立春の姿なりけり 苑囿亭麟馬」


Kunisada ga 国貞画


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, 1820 (Bunsei 3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #191; Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #254


Shikishiban, left sheet of diptych; 20 x 17.2 cm (7 7/8 x 6 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper