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Gallantry in Modern Tokyo (Kinsei azuma no tatehiki): Actors Iwai Hanshirô VIII as Yume no Ochô, Nakamura Kanjaku III as Maboroshi Chôgorô, Nakamura Jusaburô III as Hanbei no Otatsu, Seki Sanjûrô IV as Fûrin no Torazô, Bandô Hikosaburô V as Ikazuchi no Ot

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Toyohara Kunichika hitsu (on right sheet), Ôju Kunichika hitsu (on left sheet) 豊原国周筆 応需国周筆


Censor's seal: Chicken 6 Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô


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, Meiji era, 1873 (Meiji 6), 6th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû II (2010), #112


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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