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Actors Bandô Shûka I as Gaku no Kosan and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Omatsuri Kingorô

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Play: Minoriyoshi Kogane no Kikuzuki Theater: Nakamura


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (figures); Yoshitori ga (ema in background) 一勇斎国芳画(主絵) 芳と鯉画(絵馬)


Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Watanabe, shita-uri 改印: 衣笠、渡辺、シタ売


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), 9th month


Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 25 cm (14 1/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

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