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The Ninth Month (Kugatsu no zu): Actor Segawa Rokô IV, from the series The Five Festivals with Popular Actors in Private Life (Fûryû yakusha jigao gosekku)

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Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga 一陽斎豊国画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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, about 1808 (Bunka 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Another design in the series: Waseda db 001-1173


Vertical ôban; 35.1 x 25.1 cm (13 13/16 x 9 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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