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Five Actors as the Five Manly Men (Gonin Otoko): Kataoka Nizaemon VII as An no Heibei, Ichikawa Ebijûrô I as Karigane Bunshichi, Asao Kuzaemon I as Kaminari Shôkurô, Asao Yûjirô I as Gokui Sen'emon, and Nakamura Utaemon III as Hotei Ichiemon

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MFA impressions: 11.35342, 11.38941 Play: Otokodate Itsutsu Karigane Theater: Naka


Shunkôsai Hokushû ga 春好斎北洲画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 29, 2004) 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1822 (Bunsei 5), 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 92; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #119


Vertical ôban; 38.2 x 26.4 cm (15 1/16 x 10 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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