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Actor as Takebayashi Sadashichi ... , from the series Mirror of the Courage of the Loyal Retainers (Chûshin giyû kagami)

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Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (main image); Monjin Daiji ga (background) 一勇斎国芳画、門人大次画


Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, Rat 11 No blockcutter's mark


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, Edo period, 1852 (Kaei 5), 11th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kuniyoshi Project db; Waseda db 100-1492


Vertical ôban; 37.9 x 25.4 cm (14 15/16 x 10 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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