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Children at Play: The Excitement of the Tango Festival (Kodomo asobi Tango no nigiwai)

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MFA impressions: 11.34998.4a-b, 11.42047a-b From an album of satirical prints, 11.34998.1-112.




By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 29, 2004) 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–Meiji era, 1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

Nagura, Etoki bakumatsu fûshi-ga to tennô (2007), #2; Konishi, Nishiki-e bakumatsu Meiji no rekishi 4 (1977), pp. 76-7


Vertical ôban diptych

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Medium or Technique

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