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Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Yazama Jûtarô (TR), Asao Okuyama as Kobayashi Heinai (CR), Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Satô Yomoshichi (BR), Onoe Kikujirô II as Osuwa (TL), Ichikawa Kuzô II as Naosuke Gonbei (CL), and Seki Sanjûrô III as Shikama Takubei (BL)

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Kôchôrô Kunisada ga 香蝶楼国貞画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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, 1841 (Tenpô 12), 5th month


Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 25.6 cm (14 13/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

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