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Fall (Aki): Actors Sawamura Tosshô II as Horie Wankyû (R), Onoe Kakunosuke I as a Mask Seller (Men-uri) (C), and Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Geisha's Assistant (Nakai) Okino (L), from the series Musical Numbers for the Four Seasons (Jôruri shiki no uchi)

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Diptych: 11.21536 (left), 11.21537 (right)


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


Censor's seal: Dog 6 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Ôta Hori Koma (on left sheet only)


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) 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, 1862 (Bunkyû 2), 6th month


Vertical ôban diptych

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Medium or Technique

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