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Actors Bandô Shûka I as the Courtesan Agemaki; Ichikawa Omezô II as Soga no Mankô, Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Hanakawado Sukeroku, Actually Soga no Gorô, and Ichikawa Komazô VII as the White Sake Vendor (Shirozakeuri) Shinbei, Actually Soga no Jûrô

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Toyokuni ga 豊国画


Censors' seals: Murata, Mera, shita-uri


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, 1850 (Kaei 3), 3rd month


Horizontal ôban; 25.2 x 36.6 cm (9 15/16 x 14 7/16 in.)

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