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The History of Kanegafuchi (Kanegafuchi no yurai): Actors Ichikawa Kôzô as the Apprentice (Detchi) Kôzô, Nakamura Bungorô II as the Head Clerk (Bantô) Chôkurô, Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Hanakawado Hôkaibô, Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as the Retainer (Shimobe) Guns

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MFA impressions: 11.40868, 2009.5007.39


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura No blockcutter's mark 改印: 村松、吉村


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, 1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1), 6th month


Horizontal ôban; 25.8 x 37.7 cm (10 3/16 x 14 13/16 in.)

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