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The Imitation Narihira (Gisu Narihira): Actor Iwai Kumesaburô III as Shirai Gonpachi, from the series Selected Underworld Characters for the Six Poetic Immortals (Mitate shiranami rokkasen)

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Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 任好豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Chicken 4 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take 改印: 酉四改 彫師: 彫竹


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, 1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 4th month


Vertical ôban; 35.2 x 24.4 cm (13 7/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

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