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Actors Ôtani Hiroji as Arajishi Otokonosuke and Segawa Kikujirô as Izumo no Okuni

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Play: Higashiyama-dono Eiga Butai Theater: Ichimura


Nishimura Shigenobu hitsu 西村重信筆


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, 1731 (Kyôho 16), 11th month

Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #13; Mutô, Shoki Ukiyo-e to Kabuki (2005), no. 2035; Clark, Morse, Virgin, and Hockley, Dawn of the Floating World (2000-1), #119


Hosoban; 33 x 15.4 cm (13 x 6 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (urushi-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color, nikawa, and metallic pigment