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The Barrier Ticket of Love, a Courtesan Play (Keisei Koi no Sekifuda)

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Upper half by Kunikazu, lower half by Yoshitaki. Actors, from top right: Nakamura Jakuemon I as Edo Yosaku, Ôtani Tomomatsu I as Modoriuma Hachizô, Nakamura Nakasuke II as Hinuka no Hachizô, Jitsukawa Enjaku I as the packhorse driver Yosaku; from bottom right: Arashi Hinasuke VII as Satake...

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Jô yonmai (top four sheets) Utagawa Kunikazu, ge yonmai (bottom four sheets) Ichiyôsai Yoshitaki 上四枚、歌川国員、 下四枚、一養斎芳瀧


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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, 1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 119; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #634


Vertical chûban, two-tier octaptych

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Medium or Technique

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