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Actors Heikuro as Chohan, Ôtani Hiroji, Nakajima Mihoemon and three other actors as his gang; Takesaburo as Ushiwaka, Ichikawa Danjuro II, Matsumoto Koshiro and Dengoro as his followers

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Torii Kiyomasu


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1712 (Shôtoku 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Mutô, Shoki Ukiyo-e to Kabuki (2005), no. 0400


Vertical ô-ôban; 55.1 x 30.3 cm (21 11/16 x 11 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (tan-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color