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Actors Bandô Shûka I as the Geisha Gaku no Kosan and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Tobi-no-mono Omatsuri Kingorô, from an untitled series

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MFA impressions: 11.15991, 50.2318 Play: Chikai Musubi Ukina no Tategaku Theater: Nakamura


Kuniyoshi ga (on each design)


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Fukushima


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; 35.9 x 24.9 cm (14 1/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

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