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An Imaginary Scene of the Display of a Secret Image at Kinryûzan Temple (Mitate Kinryûzan kaichô no zu): Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Ishi.. Busuke and Onoe Kikujirô II as Oren (R); Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as ... and Bandô Shûka I as Ohatsu (CR); Matsumoto

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Play: Hatsu Sakura Onoe no Iwafuji Theater: Ichimura


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画




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

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1847 (Kôka 4), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db; Kuniyoshi Project db


Vertical ôban pentaptych; 36.6 x 119.6 cm (14 7/16 x 47 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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