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Edo, Osaka, and Kyoto, from the series The Sixty-odd Provinces of Great Japan (Dai Nippon rokujû yo shû)

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Actors, from right: Edo: (Ichikawa Ebizô V as) Hôjô Tokimasa and (Arashi Rikaku II as) Tokihime Play: Ômi Genji Senjin Yakata Osaka: (Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as) Sasaki Takatsuna and (Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as) Hashiba Hisatsugu Play: Kamakura Sandaiki Kyoto: (Nakamura Utaemon IV as) Ishikawa...

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Kunikazu (on each sheet) 国員


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, about 1862 (Bunkyû 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 114; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #617


Horizontal chûban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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