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Actors Segawa Kikunojô III as Yasukata and Iwai Hanshiro IV as Utô, in the play Mutsumashi-tsuki Koi no Tetori, with chanters Tomimoto Buzendayû, Tomimoto Itsukidayû, and Tomimoto Toyoshidayû

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MFA impressions: 06.993, 11.21278, 21.5522 Play: Mutsumashi-tsuki Koi no Tetori (Opportunism in Love in the First Month of the Year) Theater: Nakamura


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, 1782 (Tenmei 2), 11th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0421; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #551; Pins, The Japanese Pillar Print (1982), #708


Hashira-e; 68.6 x 11.4 cm (27 x 4 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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