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Actors Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Asahina and Ichikawa Monnosuke III as Tsukisayo

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From a set of five prints showing actors costumed for a Soga Brothers play in imaginary New Year scenes; each features Ichikawa Danjuro VIII with an actor of female role.


Hitomane suru Saru no hatsuharu, Katsushika no oyaji Iitsu hitsu


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, 1824 (Bunsei 7)

Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #232 (the complete set, #s 229-233); other prints from the series: Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #s 172-3


Shikishiban; 21 x 18.5 cm (8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper