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Actors Bandô Shûka I as the Spirit of the Komachi Cherry Tree (Komachi sakura no seirei) and an Unidentified Actor as Ôtomo Kuronushi, from the series Square Pictures in Old and New Styles (Kodai imayô shikishi awase)

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MFA impressions: 11.25908, 11.29578


Komachi sakura no seirei, Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga; Ôtomo Kuronushi, Seiryûken Kiyomitsu ga 小町桜の精霊 一陽斎豊国画、大伴黒主 青柳軒清満画


Censors' seals: Watanabe, Mera, Rat 11


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, 1852 (Kaei 5), 11th month


Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 25.4 cm (14 1/16 x 10 in.)

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