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A Festive Procession on the River (Kawatake norikomi no nigiwai): Actors, from right: Kataoka Gadô II and Kataoka Gatô II; Arashi Rikan III and Ichikawa Suminojô I; Mimasu Baisha I and Nakamura Sennosuke I

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A gala torchlight riverboat procession was held to celebrate the return of Kataoka Gadô II and Kataoka Gatô II from Edo. In the prow of the foreground boat, the two actors bow to their fans, followed by, from right to left, Arashi Rikan III, Ichikawa Suminojô I, Mimasu Baisha I, and Nakamura...

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Yoshiyuki (on sheets 2, 3, and 4) 芳雪


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, 1862 (Bunkyû 2), 10th month, 4th day

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 116; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #639; Ikeyama, "Kabuki...," in Ukiyo-e geijuitsu 151 (2006), pp. 38-9, fig. 3


Vertical chûban tetraptych

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Medium or Technique

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