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Actors Seki Sanjûrô III as the Doctor (Isha) Hôfunei, Nakamura Utaemon IV as Bokusha Sangokuken, Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Tobi-no-mono Kamekichi, and Bandô Shûka I as the Geisha Ohide, in Aoto Banashi, No. 18 from an untitled series

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MFA impressions: 11.25925, 2009.5007.35 Play: Aoto Banashi Theater: Ichimura


Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga 香蝶楼豊国画


Censors' seals: Yoshimura, Kinugasa


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 37.4 cm (10 1/16 x 14 3/4 in.)

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