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First Gathering of Actors for the Kaomise Performances at the Great Theaters of Edo (Edo ôshibai kaomise kyôgen sôza chû yorizome no zu)

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MFA impressions: 06.658, 11.20244


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1784 (Tenmei 4)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kobe City Art Mus., Megane-e to Tokaido (1984), #21; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #554, and pl. 178; Hirano 1939, #691


Horizontal double ôban; 32.3 x 44.7 cm (12 11/16 x 17 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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