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Actors Ôtani Hiroji as Umebori no Yoshibei and and Segawa Kichiji as Ageha no Chôkichi

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Play: Otokodate Hatsukai Soga Theater: Nakamura




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, 1753 (Hôreki 3), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Satô, "Kabuki...," in Ukiyo-e geijuitsu 151 (2006), p. 26, fig. 10; Mutô, Shoki Ukiyo-e to Kabuki (2005), no. 2403


Hosoban; 29.4 x 14.7 cm (11 9/16 x 5 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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