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A Jôruri Performance of The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers, Act VII (Chûshingura shichidanme): Actors, in the Manner of Puppets (Ningyô miburi) Bandô Hikosaburô V as Teraoka Heiemon (R) and Sawamura Tosshô II as His Younger Sister (Imôto) Okaru (L), with I

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Play: Chûshingura Sugata no Eawase Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Kunisada hitsu (on each sheet) 国貞筆

Marks

Censor's seal: Ox 4 aratame No blockcutter's mark

Provenance

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, 1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 4th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 008-0239 (R), 008-0240 (L), 100-0280 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych

Accession Number

11.38946a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints