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Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VII (inset) and His Son Ichikawa Ebizô VI (Danjûrô VIII)

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「宝珠亭船唄 むさし野に柴もひそられと春雨のおやのひかりをか★る若艸」「宝市亭 そか中になくてかなはしらひつみの子海老なからも春のたてもの」


Kôchôrô Kunisada ga 香蝶楼国貞画


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, about 1830

Catalogue Raisonné

Mirviss w/ Carpenter, Jewels of J. Printmaking (2000), #99 (different poems); Rijksmuseum cat. IV, Hiroshige and the Utagawa School (1984), #146; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 305


Shikishiban; 21.2 x 18.6 cm (8 3/8 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper