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Actors Sawamura Sôjûrô III as Nuregami Chôgorô, Ichikawa Monnosuke II as Hanaregoma Chôkichi, Segawa Kinunojô III as Azuma, Ichikawa Yaozô III as Yamazaki Yogorô; with chanters Tokiwazu Kanedayû and Tokiwazu Namidayû, and accompanist Kishizawa Koshikibu

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Kiyonaga ga 清長画


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1783 (Tenmei 3), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0492; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #73, and pl. 68; Chiba, Torii Kiyonaga (2007), pl. 238; Edo-Tokyo Museum, Edo kabuki (1995), #3-38


Vertical ôban; 39 x 26 cm (15 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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