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Ma Brigade, Fifth Group, Kuitachi: Actor Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Tamiya Iemon, from the series Flowers of Edo and Views of Famous Places (Edo no hana meishô-e)

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Forms the fourth sheet (from right to left) of a tetraptych showing actors in the play Yotsuya Kaidan, with images from utsushi-e (magic lantern slides) above. MFA impressions: Sheet 1 (R): 11.45396.9 (creped, in album) Sheet 2 (CR): 11.42509, 11.45396.10 (creped, in album) Sheet 3 (CL):...

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Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (bottom left); Hiroshige ga (bottom right); Kyôsai (above) 豊国画(年玉枠)、広重画、狂斎


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, 1863 (Bunkyû 3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Edo-Tokyo Museum, Edo kabuki (1995), #4-14


Vertical ôban, creped; 20.3 x 14.8 cm (8 x 5 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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