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Actors Arashi Sangorô II and Segawa Kikunojô III as Mandarin Ducks

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MFA impressions: 11.14861, 21.4089, 54.235 Theater: Nakamura


Shunshô ga 春章画


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, 1775 (An'ei 4), 11th month

Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #68; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 4, V&A Mus. I (1989), p. 229, reference photo; Ukiyo-e shuka 15 (TNM, 1980), fig. 29; Ukiyo-e taisei 5 (1930), #171; Gookin cat. #138


Double hosoban; 30.1 x 29.2 cm (11 7/8 x 11 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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