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Dance Acts from Final Performances, a Set of Five (Onagori kyôgen shosagoto gomai no uchi): Actor Nakamura Shikan II as, from right, the Fox Kuzunoha (Kuzunoha kitsune), the Fox (Kitsune) Kanpei, a Babysitter (Komori), a Playboy (Daijin), and a Palanquin

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Play: Rangiku Tsuyu no Adamakura Theater: Kado


Toyokawa Yoshikuni ga (on each sheet)


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, 1827 (Bunsei 10), 10th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 96; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #399; Keyes 1973, #385


Vertical ôban pentaptych

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Medium or Technique

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