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Actors Onoe Baikô IV as Koshô Kichiza, Iwai Kumesaburô III as Yaoya Oshichi, and Sawamura Chôjûrô V as Gejo Osugi, in Takane no Kumo Yorokobi Soga, No. 19 of an untitled series

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MFA impressions: 11.25914, 2009.5007.40 Play: Sono Mukashi Koi no Edo-zome, Takane no Kumo Yorokobi Soga Theater: Nakamura


Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga 香蝶楼豊国画


Censors' seals: Yoshimura, Kinugasa 改印: 吉村、衣笠


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, 1849 (Kaei 2), 1st month


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

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