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Kusatsu: Actors Sawamura Chôjûrô V as Ôboshi Yuranosuke, Seki Sanjûrô III as Senzaki Yagorô, from the series The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers and the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô (Chûshingura gojûsan tsugi no uchi)

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Play: Chûshingura Gojûsan Tsugi Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 豊国画(年玉枠)

Marks

Censors' seals: Watanabe, Kinugasa, shita-uri

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, 1850 (Kaei 3), 5th month

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 24.5 cm (13 15/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.43659

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints