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Dashing and Popular Roles of Ichimura of Edo (Edo Ichimura hiiki no dateire): Actor Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Benten Kozô Kikunosuke, Kirare Yosaburô (R), Inga Kozô Rokunosuke, Igami no Gonta, and Ushiwaka Denji (L)

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Kunichika ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 国周画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Rat 2 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Ôta Tashichi (on left sheet only) 子二改


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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-0491, 007-0013 (R), 007-0492 (L)


Vertical ôban diptych; 35.8 x 48.3 cm (14 1/8 x 19 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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