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Fourth of the Line, the Danjûrô of Kiba (Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô IV as Kagekiyo), from an untitled series of the Ichikawa Danjûrô lineage for the Gogawa club

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From a series first designed around 1820 by Toyokuni I for the Gogawa-ren, with their hourglass-shaped symbol decorating the margin. A second version of the series was issued by Toyokuni II in the early 1830s, with different poems and without the club symbol. This poem translated in McKee 2008,...

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Toyokuni hitsu 豊国筆


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 1820 (Bunsei 3)

Catalogue Raisonné

McKee 2008, #129; Gifu Prefectural Museum, Nanadaime Danjûrô to Kunisada, Kuniyoshi (2001), #1-5 (2nd state); Bowie et al, Art of Surimono (1979), #62 (2nd state)


Shikishiban; 20 x 17.5 cm (7 7/8 x 6 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper