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Hour of the Monkey (Saru no koku): Actor Iwai Hanshirô V, from the series Sundial of Actors (Haiyû hidokei)

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Gototei Kunisada ga 五渡亭国貞画(貞三升印)


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, 1816 (Bunka 13)

Catalogue Raisonné

Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #6/1; Shindo, Gototei Kunisada yakusha-e no sekai (1993), p. 44


Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25.1 cm (14 11/16 x 9 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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