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Narukami: Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Narukami Shônin, Ichikawa Komazô VII as Kokuunbô, and Ichikawa Saruzô as Hakuunbô, No. 17 from the series Eighteen Great Kabuki Plays (Jûhachiban no uchi)

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A late edition lacking the title of the play.


Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga 一陽斎豊国画


Censors' seals: Fukushima, Muramatsu, Rat intercalary


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, 1852 (Kaei 5), intercalary 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

First edition, with title panel: Waseda db 100-2365; Edo-Tokyo Museum, Edo kabuki (1995), #4-33; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 4 (1981), #92


Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 24.5 cm (14 5/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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