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The Asahina Tunnel (Asahina kiridôshi): Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Kobayashi Asahina, from the series Eight Views of the Soga Brothers Story, with the Actors' Own Calligraphy (Soga hakkei jihitsu kagami)

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MFA impressions: 11.22419, 11.43094


Kiô Toyokuni hitsu, in toshidama cartouche 喜翁 豊国筆(年玉印)


Censor's seal: Chicken 12 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take


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, 1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 12th month


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